At least 280 dead in Afghanistan’s 61-magnitude earthquake

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 to 6.1 struck eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 280 people and injuring more than 600.

Afghanistan’s state-run Bakhtar news agency said on the 22nd (local time) that the quake struck eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika and Khost provinces, killing hundreds, and the death toll is expected to rise, a local official said. citing residents.

According to CNN, citing the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake occurred at 1:24 a.m. that day, about 46 kilometers southwest of the Coast region, which borders Pakistan. According to the USGS, the quake has a depth of 10 km.

So far, the number of casualties has been reported differently by media outlets. In its first report, CNN said it could not independently confirm the Bakhtar news agency’s report, saying the number of casualties was not yet clear. Up to 280 people have been killed, citing Bakhtar news agency.

A deputy Taliban government spokeswoman said on Twitter that “a severe earthquake shook four provinces in Paktika province, killing hundreds and destroying dozens of homes.” He continued, “to prevent further catastrophes, all relief agencies immediately dispatch relief teams.”

Jang Ji-min, Guest Reporter at Hankyung.com newsinfo@hankyung.com

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