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At least 11 dead in Afghanistan earthquake

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Seismogram of the 21 March 2023 Hindu Kush Region Earhtquake of M: 6.6 recorded (22:17:27 IST) by the permanent Udhamapur Seismological observatory, set up in June 2022, India by NCS-MoES.

At least nine people were dead and 44 injured in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck on Tuesday night, Reuters reported.

A disaster agency official have confirmed that at least two people were killed in Afghanistan, rising the death toll to 11.

The earthquake’s epicentre was 40km (25 miles) south-southeast of the Afghan town of Jurm, near the borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Strong tremors were felt in North Indian cities including Delhi but no casualties are reported so far.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter that the Ministry of Public Health has asked all health centres to be on standby.

More than 1,000 people were killed last year after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan.

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