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Northern Afghanistan hit by 6.3-magnitude earthquake

December 25, 2015 9:21 pm

A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck northern Afghanistan, with tremors felt as far away as India.

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake’s epicentre was in the northern province of Badakhshan, close to the Pakistani and Tajik borders.

It is not clear if there were any casualties in the area itself, but at least 17 people were injured in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

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Hundreds were killed by a quake in the same area on 26 October.

Residents in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, were reported to have run into the streets after feeling the impact of the quake.

In Peshawar some old homes and walls collapsed, Hamid Nawaz, the head of Pakistan’s disaster management authority, told AP.

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