2 earthquakes in Afghanistan, casualties feared

First is 5.4 magnitude, second is 5.6 near Feyzabad

FEYZABAD, Afghanistan | June 11, 2012


Two earthquakes stuck Afghanistan's mountainous Hindu Kush region Monday, and officials said they feared casualties after several village houses collapsed.

The first, with a 5.4 magnitude, struck at 9:32 a.m. with an epicenter near the town of Feyzabad, and the second, with a 5.6 magnitude, struck 25 minutes later in nearly the same spot, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Samin Afzali, head of the Afghan natural disaster department, said 20 houses were destroyed in a landslide caused by the tremors, in the Burka district of northern Baghlan province.

No details on the number of victims were immediately available.

The area, which lies near the collision of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates, is the site of frequent earthquakes, the Afghan news service Khaama Press said Monday.

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