Afghanistan Hit by The 6.1 Earthquake More Than 1000 Deaths
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Afghanistan Hit by The ‘6.1 Earthquake’. More Than 1000 Deaths

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan, killing more than 1,000 people.

The European Mediterranean Seismology Center (EMSC) announced on the 22nd (local time) that an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 occurred at 1:24 a.m. in southeastern Afghanistan, 37 km southwest of the host province. Because the epicenter was shallow at a depth of 10 km, it is said that the shaking was felt not only in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, but also in neighboring countries such as Pakistan and India.

Amin Hujaypa, director of cultural information at the Taliban government in Afghanistan, said, “The death toll from the earthquake today exceeded 1,000. said. As of 2 p.m. that day, Afghan authorities said the number of injured people had reached 2,000.”

The damage is said to be the largest in 24 years since 1998. The Associated Press reported that “the magnitude of the damage identified so far is equivalent to the earthquake in northern Afghanistan in 2002.

AFP news agency said, “It is difficult to respond immediately due to the lack of helicopters that can be mobilized for search and rescue at the scene. is holding the ,” reported. The Washington Post (WP) analyzed that this disaster will pose a significant challenge to the Taliban government, which has succeeded in reclaiming power after the US withdrew from Iraq last year.