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Afghanistan earthquake shakes major cities

6.6 earthquake has been felt across a number of major cities across south-west Asia

 

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake has been felt across a number of major cities across south-west Asia.

The earthquake struck in Afghanistan, close to its border with Tajikistan, at 10:28 GMT, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The tremor was felt in Kabul, Islamabad, Lahore and Delhi, forcing residents to leave their homes.

At least one person died in Pakistan’s Swat region, with another 30 injured, emergency officials said.

There were no reports of significant damage, but a spokesman for Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority said there was a high risk of landslides.

In Delhi, far from the epicenter, the metro train system was temporarily halted. The BBC’s SanjoyMajumder said a number of aftershocks were felt in the Indian capital.

Post-quake landslides were a potential threat, said Ahmad Kamal, a spokesman at India’s National Disaster Management Authority.

In October 2015, a magnitude-7.5 quake in the same border area killed close to 300 people.

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