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Earthquake kills more than 1,000 people in Afghanistan

An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale killed more than 1,000 people and injured more than 1,500 in southeastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border.

The earthquake occurred last Tuesday night (21), and the balance of victims tends to worsen in the coming hours, as rescuers are still looking for bodies in the rubble of destroyed buildings.

“So far, the information we have is that at least 920 people have died and 600 have been injured,” Deputy Minister for Disaster Management Sharafuddin Muslim told a news conference in Kabul.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake was recorded 46 kilometers southwest of the city of Khost, at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The hardest-hit region is the mountainous province of Paktika, but the tremor was felt within a radius of more than 500 kilometers from its epicenter, including territories in Pakistan and even India.

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