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Afghan Earthquake Hits Twice In Days

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Another large earthquake struck western Afghanistan, just days after two large quakes in the same area killed over 1,000 people.

The new 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck around 05:10 local time (00:40 GMT) on Wednesday, 28 kilometres (17 miles) north of Herat.

According to health officials, more than 100 people were injured and taken to the hospital.

The long-term impact is unknown, but many people were sleeping outside after their homes were destroyed on Saturday.

According to aid organisations, blankets, food, and other supplies are also in short supply.

An eyewitness said she awoke screaming and ran out of her home in central Herat, where some houses still stand.

Shakemap via BBC

“I was in the deepest sleep because I hadn’t slept in the days before,” she was quoted as saying by the BBC.

“I have never felt so close to death,” she said, adding that she ran barefoot to the city’s outskirts, where many people have been sleeping in tents since the first earthquake.

The earthquake struck Zindajan, a rural district 40 kilometres from Herat, on Saturday morning.

Images from the villages show entire houses reduced to rubble because they were too fragile to withstand the tremors.

Afghanistan is prone to earthquakes, particularly in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which lies near the meeting point of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

SourceBBC

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