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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, the Afghan authorities said that the number of injured people was close to 2,000.
The damage is said to be the largest in 24 years since 1998. The Associated Press reported that “the magnitude of damage identified so far is equivalent to the earthquake in northern Afghanistan in 2002.” “The magnitude 6.1 earthquake in northeastern Afghanistan in 1998 was the most deadly since at least 4,500 people died.”
AFP news agency said, “It is difficult to respond immediately because there is a shortage of helicopters that can be mobilized for assortment and rescue at the scene. It is causing great pain.” The Washington Post (WP) analyzed, “This disaster will pose a major challenge to the Taliban government, which has succeeded in reclaiming power after the US withdrew from Iraq last year.”
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