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2 killed, 125 injured as quakes jolt west Afghanistan

Published : 16 Oct 2023, 00:23

  DF News Desk
People are seen near tents on the open ground for fear of tremors in Herat City, west Afghanistan's Herat Province, Oct. 15, 2023. Photo: Xinhua by Saifurahman Safi.

Two were dead and 125 injured people have been taken to hospital following tremors in west Afghanistan's Herat province on Sunday, said Farhad Afzali, a medical doctor in Herat hospital.

However, locals say two tremors which in a span of minutes rocked Herat and its vicinity Sunday morning have damaged around 30 villages in the province.

Two deadly quakes, according to China Earthquake Networks Center, each with a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter scale followed by several aftershocks, rocked west Afghanistan with an epicenter in Zindajan district of Herat province on Oct. 7, leaving over 2,000 dead and thousands more injured.

Since Oct. 7, Herat has been experiencing a series of tremors, forcing locals to live and sleep on the open ground to escape possible devastating quakes.