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More than 1,000 people killed after magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits eastern Afghanistan

More than 1,000 people killed after magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits eastern Afghanistan
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Thursday, 23 June, 2022, 12:00

Afghanistan was rocked by its deadliest earthquake in decades on Wednesday when a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the country's east, killing more than 1,000 people and wounding many more, according to a regional official.
The humanitarian disaster comes at a difficult time for the Taliban-ruled country, currently in the throes of hunger and economic crises.
The shocks hit at 1:24 a.m. local time on Wednesday (4:54 p.m. ET on Tuesday) around 46 kilometers (28.5 miles) southwest of the city of Khost, which lies close to the country's border with Pakistan, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

More than 1,000 people killed after magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits eastern Afghanistan