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Moderate intensity earthquake jolts Afghanistan

Kabul: A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 4.8 magnitude on the Richter Scale struck Afghanistan on Sunday. According to the National Center for Seismology (NCS), the earthquake struck at a depth of 90 Km.

Afghanistan   is frequently hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, as it lies near the junction of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

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Earlier on October 13, a moderate intensity earthquake measuring 4.6 magnitude on the Richter Scale struck Afghanistan. Earlier, on October 11, an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Afghanistan.  Another earthquake measuring 6.3 magnitude struck the country on October 8. More than 4000 people lost their lives and thousands of residential buildings were damaged in that earthquake.

In June last year, the province of Paktika was hit by a 5.9 magnitude quake which killed more than 1,000 people and left tens of thousands homeless.


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