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Friday, October 23, 2009

Afghanistan earthquake


i went to a going-away party on thursday night and, as is my wont, came back early to hit the sack... i was awakened by the entire guesthouse shaking which was then followed by a heavy jolt... it was clear just from the feel of it that, had it been a few notches stronger, there would have very likely been structural damage... i heard my colleagues buzzing about in the hall but, as is also my wont, when i didn't feel any more temblors, just rolled over and went back to sleep... i don't mean to appear blasé, but i guess i am, so much so, in fact, that i didn't even think to look up the news story until this morning...
A strong earthquake centered in the towering Hindu Kush mountains shook a wide area of eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan early Friday, swaying buildings in the Afghan and Pakistani capitals.

There were no initial reports of damage or casualties from the quake, which struck about 12:21 a.m. Afghan time (3:51 p.m. EDT Thursday). However, the temblor was centered in a remote mountain area where communications are poor and reports of casualties would take time to reach the capital.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 and was centered in the mountains about 167 miles northeast of Kabul and 140 miles west of Mingaora, Pakistan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Buildings shook in the Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Islamabad, the capital, and the quake was felt as far east as Lahore near the Indian border, Pakistani television stations reported.

The Afghan Interior Ministry said it had no immediate reports of deaths or damage.

the epicenter was supposedly in the afghanistan province of badakshan near the city of faisabad...

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