6.2-magnitude quake hits Afghanistan

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit a remote and mountainous area of northeastern Afghanistan Tuesday morning, shaking buildings in the capital, Pakistan, Tajikistan and India.

6.2-magnitude quake hits Afghanistan

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit a remote and mountainous areaof northeastern AfghanistanTuesday morning, shaking buildings in the capital, Pakistan,Tajikistan and India.

The earthquake in Badakhshan province was about 200 miles northeast of thecapital, Kabul,where residents felt shaking buildings and some windows were shattered. Therewere no immediate casualty reports.

"It was a very strong earthquake," said Agha Noor Kemtoz, theprovincial police chief of Badakhshan, which shares a border with Pakistan, Tajikistanand China."My room was shaking and the light was swinging back and forth."

The US Geological Surveysaid the 6.2-quake was centered 40 miles south of Faizabad and hit at 8:05 a.m.

Damage reports from northeastern Afghanistan are often slow totrickle in, because of the region's remoteness and a lack of communicationfacilities.

The quake was felt across northern Pakistan,including in the capital, Islamabad,280 miles away. It also was felt in Tajikistanand in the Indian and Pakistan-administered portions of Kashmir,where a severe earthquake in October 2005 left thousands dead and causedwidespread destruction.

Badakhshan — the most remote area in Afghanistan— is home to the towering mountains of the Hindu Kushand is a region prone to earthquakes.

A 6.7-magnitude quake struck Badakhshan in December 2005, killing at leastfive children. That quake was centered about 60 miles southeast of Faizabad.

In May 1998, a 6.9-magnitude quake hit near Faizabad, triggering massive mudslides and flooding that left more than 5,000 people dead.

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