6.2 Quake Shakes Northeast Afghanistan, Pakistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ Officials say a strong earthquake has
hit northeastern Afghanistan, a quake that rattled the capital
Kabul for about a minute.

The U.S. Geological Survey says Sunday's quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 and was located in the northeastern province of
Badakhshan in the Hindu Kush mountains. The area is often hit by
earthquakes but is sparsely populated.

A Badakhshan police official, Fazel Ahmad Naderi, says the quake was strong but noted that his cell phone still worked, meaning that towers had not been toppled. The quake hit about 12:50 a.m. local time and Naderi says he won't know about damage until daylight.

The quake rattled buildings in Kabul, about 160 miles southwest of the epicenter.

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