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2,000+ dead after 6.3 earthquake in Afghanistan, update: a third 6.3 earthquake has occurred

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The magnitude-6.3 earthquake which struck western Afghanistan was followed by several powerful aftershocks. Search operations are ongoing for people feared buried under...




At least 2,445 people have died and thousands more are injured after powerful earthquakes hit Afghanistan on Saturday, according to the Taliban administration.


The ministry of disasters reported that 9,240 people have been injured.


More than 1,300 houses have been destroyed, it added.


The latest death toll could not be independently verified, but if correct it is a significant jump from yesterday when the UN gave a preliminary figure of 320.


The 6.3-magnitude quake hit the west of the country, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).


The epicentre was about 25 miles northwest of the city of Herat.


It was followed by three strong aftershocks, measuring 6.3, 5.9, and 5.5, the USGS reported.



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A THIRD 6.3+ earthquake has struck Afghanistan.



The magnitude 6.3 quake struck the Herat province, which has already been devastated by recent tremors.




A new earthquake has hit western Afghanistan - several days after two large tremors in the region killed more than 1,000 people.


The US Geological Survey (USGS) says the magnitude 6.3 quake struck near the city of Herat. It was at a depth of 6.3km (four miles).


At least one person has died, according to local health authorities.


Another 100 are being treated for injuries in the regional hospital, the World Health Organisation said.


More than 90% of those who died in the earlier quakes were women and children, the UN's children agency Unicef said.


In its report, the USGS said the epicentre of the latest tremor was 30km north-west of Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest city close to the Iranian border.


Last Saturday's earthquake hit Zindajan, a rural district some 40km from Herat.



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