Strong quake shakes both Afghanistan, Pakistan

At least 30 are injured as 6.2-magnitude earthquake shakes both northern Afghanistan and Pakistan

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

The death toll in the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday continued to rise Tuesday. In this photo, Pakistani residents stand on the rubble of houses after an earthquake in Kohat on Oct. 26, 2015

Updated Dec 26, 2015

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous regions of both northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on Friday where more than 300 people were killed by an earthquake just two months ago.

According to an emergency rescue service spokesman, Bilal Ahmed Faizi, more than 30 people are reported to be injured due to collapsed walls and homes. A total of 41 people have been taken into the various hospitals throughout the western city of Peshawar.

The powerful quake was felt in the Afghan capital Kabul at 11:14 pm local time (1914 GMT) and in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. Residents were forced to evacuate their homes as they were awakened by the quake.

The US Geological Survey said that the earthquake was initially reported as a 6.4-magnitude with a a depth of 126.5 miles (203 km) and centred 51 miles (82 km)in the  southeast of the town of Feyzabad, the capital of the Afghan province of Badakhshan.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in Pakistan announced a red alert just after the quake. However, the exact number of lost lives have yet to be verified, as they are not available at the moment.

A 7.5-magnitude quake hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan before, on Oct. 26. It left thousands of houses destroyed houses and more than 300 deaths.

TRTWorld and agencies