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A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, creating tremors felt as far away as Pakistan’s capital Islamabad and Tajikistan’s Dushanbe.

The quake struck at 1041 GMT near Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan in the Hindu Kush mountains at a depth of 111 kilometers (69 miles), the USGS said. It was the second earthquake to shake Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The tremors were felt in “most parts” of the earthquake-prone country, said Mohammad Omar Mohammadi, spokesman for the national disaster management ministry.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in the northeastern province of Badakhshan where the earthquake was centered. In the eastern province of Khost two children were injured when the roof of a house collapsed, Mohammadi said.

AFP correspondents in the capital Kabul felt the ground move for at least a minute in the second quake that came a few hours after the first.

Source: Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocks Afghanistan: USGS

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