Newshub18 :Earthquake kills 1,000 in Afghanistan.
A strong earthquake has killed at least 1,000 people in Afghanistan. More than one and a half thousand people were injured. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake caused extensive landslides and houses in Paktika province. Due to the remote hilly terrain, full casualty figures are not yet available. The death toll is expected to rise further. News from the BBC.Mohammad Amin Hajifi, Paktika’s chief information officer, told the BBC the quake had caused casualties.
Salahuddin Ayoubi, an Afghan Interior Ministry official, said it would take time to get the actual casualty figures from the mountainous areas. The death toll could rise further if full information is available. Helicopters have been deployed to rescue the victims. The Taliban government has sent medical supplies and food on an emergency basis.
The US Geological Survey (USGC) said the quake struck early Wednesday morning
. The epicenter was reported at about 44 kilometers from the capital, Khost, in the southeastern Afghan province of Khost. The place is near the border of Pakistan.
Pictures and videos published on social media and in the Afghan media showed people wreaking havoc on the quake, houses in ruins and people injured on stretchers.
This is the deadliest earthquake in Afghanistan since 2002. On March 25 of that year, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake killed more than a thousand people.
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The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The quake affected Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, according to eyewitnesses