Strong quake hits Afghan mountains

A strong earthquake has rattled a remote area of northern Afghanistan, officials say. There are no initial reports of injuries or damage.

A strong earthquake has rattled a remote area of northern Afghanistan, officials say. There are no initial reports of injuries or damage.

The earthquake, which the US Geological Survey reported had a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale, shook the region at 6:30 pm local time and had its epicentre in the Jarm district, in the Hindu Kush mountains in Badakshan province.

Badakshan Deputy Governor Shams Ul Rahman said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the quake in the sparsely populated area.

Earthquakes are common in that area. The quake was felt as far south as Kabul and in Islamabad, the capital of neighbouring Pakistan.

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