Strong earthquake hits Afghanistan, Pakistan

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-20 20:32:13|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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KABUL/ISLAMABAD, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- A strong earthquake struck Afghanistan and Pakistan on Friday, with casualties and property damage feared.

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked several cities of Pakistan including capital Islamabad on Friday, the country's National Seismic Monitoring Center said.

According to the center, the epicenter of the quake was located in the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan with a depth of 210 km.

The earthquake was felt in several parts of the country's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, eastern Punjab province and other northern areas of Pakistan.

No loss of life or property has been immediately reported, but the quake created panic among the people who scrambled out of buildings and compounds.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted Kabul and a few provinces including Parwan, Baghlan, Kunduz and Badakhshan provinces on Friday afternoon. The earthquake jolted 51km SW of Jarm, Afghanistan at 11:39:52 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 210.22 km, was initially determined to be at 36.5344 degrees north latitude and 70.4374 degrees east longitude, according to USGS.