Moderate earthquake jolts northern Afghanistan, felt in Pakistan and Tajikistan

KABUL (BNO NEWS) — A moderate but deep earthquake struck the Hindu Kush Region in northern Afghanistan on early Monday afternoon, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The 5.6-magnitude earthquake at 2.19 p.m. local time (0949 GMT) was centered about 69 kilometers (42 miles) south-southeast of Fayzabad, a district in Badakhshan Province of northern Afghanistan. It struck about 184.6 kilometers (114.7 miles) deep, making it a deep earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Minor to moderate shaking was felt across the region, which included parts of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, northern Pakistan and northern India. No damage was expected nor immediately reported.

The USGS estimated that approximately 5.7 million people may have felt weak shaking as a result of the earthquake. “There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage,” the agency said.

In September 2010, a strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the same reason at a depth of 199 kilometers (124 miles). It was felt widely across the region, but caused no damage or casualties.

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  1. Floccinaucinihilipilification
    March 21, 2011

    I’m surprised the doomsday prophets haven’t already taken over the comments section, charting connections of divine wrath between Japan, Trinidad, and Pakistan. These unfortunate people have been posting such things in many of the earthquake-related articles. What a sad name Dominica must get from such people, were a foreigner to read such comments…..

    Instead of doing that, let’s hope that the people are indeed not hurt and that Dominica and the rest of the Caribbean is not hit by any significant natural disasters any time soon, and let us be thankful for the relative good fortune we have had so far.

    • Pipilongstalkins
      March 21, 2011

      i agree……..

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