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5.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Afghanistan

Published on Dec 30, 2012 6:11 AM

KABUL (AFP) - A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, with the quake felt in the capital Kabul and parts of Pakistan.

The earthquake struck in the late evening at a depth of 115km, some 140km north of Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad and 130km west of Chitral in neighbouring Pakistan.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage but shaking was felt in Kabul, 180km away, as well as in north-west Pakistan and the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

Northern Afghanistan is frequently hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which lies near the collision of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

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