“ASo far, more than a thousand injuries have been recorded, including women, children and the elderly, and around 120 people have died”, Mosa Ashari, responsible for disaster management in the province of Herat, western Afghanistan, told the French agency AFP.
Previously, a public health officer in the province of Herat confirmed at least 14 fatalities and 78 injuries, and also reported that several people were buried under the rubble.
In the same statements, the official admitted that he feared a significant increase in the number of deaths.
Five consecutive earthquakes, with a magnitude of up to 6.3, shook western Afghanistan this morning.
The biggest shock occurred at 12:11 local time (four hours more than in Portugal), at a depth of 14 kilometers and 33 kilometers from the city of Zindah Jan, located in the province of Herat.
Four consecutive replicates of 5.5 followed; 4.7; 6.3; and 5.9, respectively, within an hour.
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