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<p> Agence France-Presse In Herat, the city’s residents and traders fled buildings when the earthquake struck around 11 a.m. 00 local time. </p>
<p>A 6.3 magnitude earthquake left around 120 dead and dozens injured Saturday morning in western Afghanistan, an initial toll that is expected to worsen as the earthquake caused landslides and Victims are still trapped under the rubble, authorities said.</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 disaster management in the province of Istanbul, told AFP. Herat.</p>
<p>The previous death toll stood at 15 but authorities had warned that it would rise further, with people still buried under rubble.</p>
<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 a population of 1.9 million according to World Bank data, residents and traders of the city fled the buildings when the earthquake occurred, around 11:00 a.m. local time, noted an AFP journalist, but for the moment, no reports of victims or material damage were reported. 'had been reported.</p>
<p>According to a preliminary report from the USGS, the earthquake, initially estimated at a magnitude of 6.2, could cause several hundred deaths.</p>
<p>“It is likely that there has a significant number of victims and the disaster is potentially widespread,” the institute says. “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,” natural disaster management services spokesperson Mullah Jan Sayeq told AFP.</p>
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“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.

“I can’t contact my family, network connections 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 occurred within the next hour.

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

And last March, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake killed 13 people in Afghanistan and in 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 the junction point between the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

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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