5.8-Magnitude Quake Strikes Afghanistan

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A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, with the quake felt in the capital Kabul and parts of Pakistan.

The earthquake struck in the late evening at a depth of 115 kilometers (70 miles), some 140 kilometers north of Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad and 130 kilometers west of Chitral in neighboring Pakistan.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage but shaking was felt in Kabul, 180 kilometers away, as well as in northwest Pakistan and the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

Northern Afghanistan is frequently hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which lies near the collision of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

Two quakes in June triggered landslides that killed at least 75 villagers.

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