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Friday, April 17, 2009

Afghanistan earthquake


i was awakened around 2 a.m. by my bed shaking... i knew immediately it was an earthquake and remained awake for a few minutes before dropping back to sleep... around 4:30, i was awakened by another tremor and, again, stayed awake just long enough to satisfy myself it was over... i felt another one about three hours ago... i was reasonably sure that the epicenter wasn't too far away, so i'm not surprised to see this...

Villagers in eastern Afghanistan wailed in grief and scrambled through rubble on Friday to recover the bodies of dozens of people feared killed by a 5.5 magnitude earthquake.

Residents of the village of Mir Gadkhel said they thought dozens had been killed there. A Reuters cameraman also counted about 10 dead bodies in another nearby village, Sar Kot.

"Three of my family members were killed and seven are injured. I think about 40 people have died. Hundreds of houses have been destroyed," Gul Mohammad said in Mir Gadkhel, about 45 km (30 miles) west of the Afghan city of Jalalabad.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a 5.5 magnitude quake hit the area just before 2 a.m. on Friday (5:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday), followed by a 5.1 magnitude aftershock two hours later.

with all the misery that the afghan people face on a daily basis, they shouldn't have to deal with earthquakes too...

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