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Strong earthquake hits Afghanistan

Men look for their belongings in Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, a day after a strong earthquake hit the country, Pakistan, and parts of India on October 26, 2015. (Reuters)

Men look for their belongings in Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, a day after a strong earthquake hit the country, Pakistan, and parts of India on October 26, 2015. (Reuters)

A Magnitude 6.6 earthquake has been felt across a number of major cities across south-west Asia.

The earthquake struck in Afghanistan, close to its border with Tajikistan, at 10:28 GMT, according to the United States (U.S.) Geological Survey (USGS).

The tremor was felt in Kabul, Islamabad, Lahore and Delhi, forcing residents to leave their homes.

In October 2015, a magnitude-7.5 quake in the same border area killed close to 300 people.

The latest quake, in the sparsely-populated Hindu Kush mountains, struck at a depth of 210km, the USGS reported. It was the same depth as the 2015 quake.

At least 27 people were admitted to hospital in Peshawar, media in Pakistan reported. There were no immediate reports of significant damage.

In Delhi, some 620km (1,000 miles) from the epicentre, the metro train system was temporarily halted. The BBC said a number of aftershocks were felt in the Indian capital.



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