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At least 255 killed in earthquake in Afghanistan

Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 was reported in Pakistan


An earthquake of 6.1 magnitude was reported in Afghanistan and Pakistan during the early hours of Wednesday. At least 255 persons have got reportedly killed in the natural disaster. 

Reuters reported an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 rocked Afghanistan has killed at least 255 people in the country's east, quoting disaster management officials. The majority of confirmed deaths were in the province of Paktika, where 100 people were killed and 250 injured, said Mohammad Nassim Haqqani, the head of the Taliban administration's disaster management authority, the publication reported. Deaths were also reported in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Khost, he added. The quake struck about 44km (27 miles) from the city of Khost in southeastern Afghanistan at a depth of 51km, according to U.S. Geological Survey. 

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan during the early hours of Wednesday. The Pakistan Meteorological Department tweeted that the earthquake was reported at 01:54:41 Pakistan Standard Time, 44 km Southwest of Khōst, Afghanistan, Magnitude: 6.1 depth (km), 50.8 km. Latitude: 33.109°N Longitude: 69.529°E.

The Dawn reported Tremors were felt in Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Kohat, Mohmand, Swat, Buner and other parts of Punjab and KP. People left their homes in panic for safer places, however, there were no immediate reports of damage or deaths.

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