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<p>About 120 people died and a thousand were injured on Saturday in a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, which caused severe earthquakes. landslides in western Afghanistan. </p>
<p>“So far, more than 1,000 injured women, children and elderly people have been recorded, and around 120 people have lost their lives,” Mosa Ashari, head of management, told AFP disasters in the province of Herat.</p>
<p>The previous death toll stood at 15 but the authorities had warned that it would rise further, with people still buried under the rubble.</p>
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<p>The epicenter of the earthquake was located 40 kilometers northwest of Herat – a city considered the cultural capital of Afghanistan – and it was quickly followed by four strong aftershocks of magnitudes 5.5, 4, 7, 6.3 and 5.9 respectively, reported the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS).</p>
<p>In Herat, which has 1.9 million inhabitants according to World Bank data, the city's residents and traders fled buildings when the earthquake occurred around 11:00 a.m. local time (06:30 GMT) noted an AFP journalist, but for the moment no report of victims or material damage had been reported.</p>
<p>According to a preliminary report from the USGS, the earthquake – first assessed as A magnitude of 6.2 could cause several hundred deaths. </p>
<p>“It is likely that there will be a significant number of victims and that the disaster will potentially be widespread,” the institute said. “Previous events with the same alert level have required a response at the regional or national level.”</p>
<p>“In rural and mountainous areas, landslides have occurred,” he said. 'AFP natural disaster management services spokesperson Mullah Jan Sayeq.</p>
<p>– “It was terrifying” –</p>
<p>“We were in our offices when the building suddenly started shaking and the wall coverings fell off. The walls cracked, and part of the building collapsed,” Bashir Ahmad, 45, told AFP.</p>
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Residents in the streets of Herat after an earthquake, October 7, 2023 in Afghanistan © AFP – –

“I can't contact my family, the connections of networks no longer work. I'm too anxious and scared, it was terrifying,” he added.

Groups of women and children stood away from tall buildings on the streets of Herat after the earthquake and its aftershocks, which struck within the next hour.

June 2022 , a 5.9 magnitude earthquake, the deadliest in Afghanistan in nearly 25 years, left more than a thousand dead and tens of thousands homeless in the poor province of Paktika (southeast) .

And last March, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake killed 13 people in Afghanistan and Pakistan, near the town of Jurm, in the northeast of the country.

Afghanistan frequently experiences earthquakes, particularly in the Hindu Kush mountain range, close to where the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates meet.

The country is already in the grip of a severe humanitarian crisis, since the return to power of the Taliban in 2021 and the subsequent withdrawal of international aid.

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