5.7 QUAKE RATTLES AFGHANISTAN KILLING 13

     At least 13 people have been killed and 105 more sustained injuries in a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that rattled Afghanistan, with strong tremors felt in neighboring Pakistan. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Wednesday quake struck at a depth of 65 kilometers (40 miles), some 25 kilometers northwest of Jalalabad in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, close to the Pakistani border. Pakistan’s meteorological office put the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.2. On April 4, an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale jolted parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The epicenter of the quake was on the Afghan-Tajikistan border at a depth of 225 kilometers (140 miles), Pakistani meteorological officials said. The quake also hit northwestern Pakistan, Islamabad and parts of Pakistan’s central province of Punjab. The worst earthquake to hit Afghanistan in recent years occurred on May 30, 1998, when a quake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale struck Takhar and Badakhshan provinces. Between 4,000 and 4,500 people died in the tremor.

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