Wire: Strong Earthquake Strikes Afghanistan and Pakistan
Off the Wire:
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2009 -- Newswire services this evening reported that a strong earthquake centered in the Hindu Kush mountains shook a wide area of eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan early Friday, swaying buildings in the Afghan and Pakistani capitals.
The Associated Press reported that there were no initial reports of damage or casualties from the quake, which struck about 12:21 a.m. Afghan time (1951 GMT, 3:51 p.m. EDT Thursday).
However, the temblor was centered in a remote mountain area where communications are poor and reports of casualties take time to reach the capital, AP noted.
The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 and was centered in the mountains about 167 miles (268 kilometers) northeast of Kabul and 140 miles (230 kilometers) west of Mingaora, Pakistan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The Afghan Interior Ministry said it had no immediate reports of deaths or damage, AP said.
Buildings shook in the Pakistani cities of Peshawar and the capital Islamabad, and the quake was felt as far east as Lahore near the Indian border, Pakistani television stations reported.
(Report from newswire sources.)