Eastern Afghanistan was rocked by a moderate earthquake Wednesday before 2 p.m. The epicenter of the 5.6 magnitude quake was located about 7 miles from Mehtar Lam, the capital of Laghman province, and about 15 miles northwest of Jalalabad. It was 40 miles deep.
The tremor was felt as far away as New Delhi, India. It sparked mild panic among residents, but no serious damage was reported.
Afghan officials say at least 9 people, including several children, were killed in the earthquake. Some 100 others were injured. Nangarhar provincial governor spokesman Ahmadzia Abdullzai reported widespread, severe damage.
Last week, a strong earthquake hit Iran and Pakistan. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Saravan in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province. Saravan is located about 26 miles from the Pakistani border. At least 6 people died and 47 others were injured.
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