​Afghanistan rocked by 6.2 magnitude earthquake; tremors felt in India and Pakistan

A high-intensity earthquake struck the Hind Kush region in Afghanistan on Monday, tremors of which were felt in many neighboring countries.
 
The earthquake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale, struck at around 3.35 p.m local time deep under the Hindu Kush Mountains and close to Wakhan Corridor near Afghanistan-Tajikistan border.
 
The epicenter of the earthquake was 88 kilometres from Faizabad in northeastern province of Badakhshan at a depth of 209 kilometres (129.87 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
 
The quake was strongly felt in Kabul where people rushed out of their homes and offices in panic.
 
Tremors were also felt in Balkh, Panjshir, Nangarhar, Kunduz and many other provinces across Afghanistan.
 
The earthquake was also felt in parts of Pakistan and India, according to reports.
 
There are no reports about the casualties.
 
In 2013, a 5.6-magnitude quake struck eastern Afghanistan, killing 13 people and destroying hundreds of houses.
 
Afghanistan is prone to earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush region, which lies near the junction of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.
 

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