At least 1,100 people were killed and more than 1,650 were injured in a powerful earthquake that hit southeastern Afghanistan in the early hours of the morning. Experts expect that the number of victims may still increase significantly as the rubble is cleared and the situation stabilizes.
Buildings collapsed as a result of the 5.9 to 6.1 magnitude earthquake, and as there are still many clay and wood buildings in the region, they are particularly vulnerable. 30 minutes after the first earthquake, a second one occurred, with a magnitude of 4.5 points.
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The Mediterranean Seismological Center said more than 119 million people in not only Afghanistan, but also Pakistan and India, felt the quake.
The current earthquake was the most powerful in 20 years. In 1998, a shaking of similar intensity also occurred in the country, killing more than 4,500 people.