Strong earthquake hits northeast Afghanistan

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6.2-Magnitude Earthquake Hits North-East Afghanistan and Pakistan

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan late on Friday, two months after more than 300 people were killed by a quake in the same mountainous region.

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Strong shocks were felt in the Afghan capital Kabul at 11:14 p.m. local time (1914 GMT) and in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, waking sleeping people and driving them out of their houses. Tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake, initially reported as magnitude 6.4, was at a depth of 126.5 miles (203 km) and centered 51 miles (82 km) southeast of the town of Feyzabad, capital of the Afghan province of Badakhshan.

In Pakistan, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government issued a red alert soon after the earthquake but there was no immediate information about loss of life or damage to property.

A magnitude 6.2 quake is considered strong and can cause severe damage. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties but communications can be slow in the mountainous region where the quake was centered.

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With harsh winter weather setting in, any widespread destruction of buildings and houses would create severe hardship.

A magnitude-7.5 quake hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on Oct. 26, destroying thousands of houses and killing more than 300 people.

(Reporting by James Mackenzie in Kabul, Jibran Ahmed in Peshawar and Krishna N. Dasin New Delhi; Editing by Andrew Roche)

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Strong earthquake hits northeast Afghanistan
Pakistani relatives and residents carry the coffin of a victim of the earthquake during a funeral ceremony in Peshawar on October 26, 2015. A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake which rocked parts of South Asia killed 215 people on October 26, including 12 Afghan girls crushed in a stampede as they fled their collapsing school. At least 1,000 more were injured and hundreds of homes destroyed as the quake shook a swathe of the subcontinent, sending thousands of frightened people rushing into the streets in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. AFP PHOTO / HASHAM AHMED (Photo credit should read HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)
SRINAGAR, INDIA - OCTOBER 26: A woman cries as she along with others rushed out of buildings following an earthquake on October 26, 2015 in Srinagar, India. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck a remote area of North-Eastern Afghanistan in afternoon shaking the capital Kabul and killing 100 people 76 in Pakistan and 24 in Afghanistan. Two elderly women died of cardiac arrest in Kashmir Valley and a youth was killed in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi /Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 26: A Pakistani man carries an injured boy in his arms as he takes him to a hospital after an earthquake in Peshawar, Pakistan on October 26, 2015. A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed at least 70 people as it rocked south Asia, including 12 Afghan girls crushed to death in a stampede as they tried to flee their collapsing school. (Photo by Muhammad Asad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People rush an injured woman to a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
SRINAGAR - INDIA, OCTOBER 26: Traffic came to a standstill after a powerful earthquake struck northern Afghanistan, with tremors felt as widely as Pakistan and northern India on October 26, 2015 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. The magnitude 7.5 quake was centred in the mountainous Hindu Kush region, 45km (28 miles) south-west of Jarm, the US Geological Survey reported. Over 12 people have been reportedly killed in Pakistan while in Afghanistan at least 12 schoolgirls have died in a stampede during the evacuation process. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images)
An Afghan boy looks at a damaged house following an earthquake, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. In Afghanistan's Takhar province, west of Badakhshan, at least 12 students at a girls' school were killed in a stampede as they tried to get out of the shaking buildings, a local official says. Sonatullah Taimor, the spokesman for the Takhar provincial governor, says another 30 girls have been taken to the hospital in the provincial capital of Taluqan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 26: A view at an hospital after an earthquake in Peshawar, Pakistan on October 26, 2015. A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed at least 105 people as it rocked south Asia, including 12 Afghan girls crushed to death in a stampede as they tried to flee their collapsing school. (Photo by A. Ali/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People stand outside a house damaged from an earthquake in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
People stand outside their offices after a severe earthquake is felt in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
South Asia was shaken by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake on Monday (9:32 GMT), the epicenter of which was 45 kilometers south-southwest of Jarm, Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (Photo by Kemal Delikmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A man injured in an earthquake admits at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
Stranded drivers wait in their vehicles after an earthquake in Srinagar on October 26, 2015. A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed at least 70 people as it rocked south Asia on October 26, including 12 Afghan girls who were crushed to death in a stampede as they tried to flee their collapsing school. Thousands of frightened people rushed into the streets in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India as the quake shook a swathe of the subcontinent. AFP PHOTO/Tauseef MUSTAFA (Photo credit should read TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani residents stand on the rubble of houses after an earthquake in Kohat on October 26, 2015. A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed at least 70 people as it rocked south Asia, including 12 Afghan girls crushed to death in a stampede as they tried to flee their collapsing school. Thousands of frightened people rushed into the streets in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India as the quake shook a swathe of the subcontinent. AFP PHOTO / BASIT SHAH (Photo credit should read BASIT SHAH/AFP/Getty Images)
People stand near a car damaged from an earthquake in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
Afghan men look at the damage inside a warehouse at a market after a powerful earthquake hit Kabul on October 26, 2015. A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed at least 74 people as it rocked parts of south Asia, including 12 Afghan girls crushed in a stampede as they fled their collapsing school. Hundreds more were injured as as the quake shook a swathe of the subcontinent, sending thousands of frightened people rushing into the streets in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. AFP PHOTO / AREF KARIMI (Photo credit should read Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images)
Patients who were shifted outdoors at the government medical college hospital after a strong tremor was felt in Jammu, India, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A strong earthquake in northern Afghanistan was felt across much of South Asia on Monday, shaking buildings from Kabul to Delhi and cutting power and communications in some areas. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Patients who were shifted outdoors at the government medical college hospital sit after a strong tremor was felt in Jammu, India, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A strong earthquake in northern Afghanistan was felt across much of South Asia on Monday, shaking buildings from Kabul to Delhi and cutting power and communications in some areas. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
People stand outside their offices after a severe earthquake is felt in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 26: Debris of buildings and panicked Pakistani residents are seen in the streets following a massive earthquake in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on October 26, 2015. At least 17 killed in Pakistan after 7.5 magnitude quake rocks South Asia. (Photo by Muhammad Reza/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SRINAGAR - INDIA, OCTOBER 26: Traffic came to a standstill after a powerful earthquake struck northern Afghanistan, with tremors felt as widely as Pakistan and northern India on October 26, 2015 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. The magnitude 7.5 quake was centred in the mountainous Hindu Kush region, 45km (28 miles) south-west of Jarm, the US Geological Survey reported. Over 12 people have been reportedly killed in Pakistan while in Afghanistan at least 12 schoolgirls have died in a stampede during the evacuation process. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images)
Patients who were shifted outdoors at the government medical college hospital after a strong tremor was felt in Jammu, India, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A strong earthquake in northern Afghanistan was felt across much of South Asia on Monday, shaking buildings from Kabul to Delhi and cutting power and communications in some areas. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Pakistani relatives move a person injured in an earthquake at a hospital in Peshawar on October 26, 2015. At least 17 people including eight children were killed in Pakistan when a 7.5 magnitude quake struck in Afghanistan October 26, officials said. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED (Photo credit should read A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)
Patients are brought to a hospital after severe earthquake was felt in Mingora, the main town of Pakistan Swat valley, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran. (AP Photo/Naveed Ali)
A girl injured in an earthquake admits to a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
A Pakistani mother waits for treatment with her daughter at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
Afghan residents examine a damaged house after an earthquake in Raman Kheel village in the Panjshir valley on October 26, 2015. A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed at least 70 people as it rocked south Asia on October 26, including 12 Afghan girls crushed to death in a stampede as they tried to flee their collapsing school. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan women walk towards a damaged house following an earthquake, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. In Afghanistan's Takhar province, west of Badakhshan, at least 12 students at a girls' school were killed in a stampede as they tried to get out of the shaking buildings, a local official says. Sonatullah Taimor, the spokesman for the Takhar provincial governor, says another 30 girls have been taken to the hospital in the provincial capital of Taluqan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Shoes of Afghan school girls are seen on the ground after an earthquake hit in Takhar province, northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. In Afghanistan's Takhar province, west of Badakhshan, at least 12 students at a girls' school were killed in a stampede as they tried to get out of the shaking buildings, a local official says. Sonatullah Taimor, the spokesman for the Takhar provincial governor, says another 30 girls have been taken to the hospital in the provincial capital of Taluqan. (AP Photo/Naim Rahimi)
A man looks at the lifeless body of a man who died from an earthquake outside a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
Pakistani paramedics treat a man injured in an earthquake at a hospital in Peshawar on October 26, 2015. At least 17 people including eight children were killed in Pakistan when a 7.5 magnitude quake struck in Afghanistan October 26, officials said. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED (Photo credit should read A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian office workers stand in an open area in a carpark following an earthquake in New Delhi on October 26, 2015. A strong earthquake lasting almost a minute was felt in New Delhi on October 26, with buildings shaking in the centre of the Indian capital. Tremors were also felt as far away as Islamabad in Pakistan and the Afghan capital Kabul, but not in neighbouring Nepal which was hit by a major quake in April. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian office workers stand in an open area in a carpark following an earthquake in New Delhi on October 26, 2015. A strong earthquake lasting almost a minute was felt in New Delhi on October 26, with buildings shaking in the centre of the Indian capital. Tremors were also felt as far away as Islamabad in Pakistan and the Afghan capital Kabul, but not in neighbouring Nepal which was hit by a major quake in April. AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani federal employees gather outside their offices after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Islamabad on October 26, 2015. A powerful 7.5 magnitude quake struck Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region on October 26 and was felt throughout much of South Asia, injuring more than 100 people in neighbouring Pakistan according to a doctor. AFP PHOTO / Farooq NAEEM (Photo credit should read FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images)
A patient is brought to a hospital after severe earthquake was felt in Mingora, the main town of Pakistan Swat valley, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran. (AP Photo/Naveed Ali)
Indian office workers stand in an open area in a carpark following an earthquake in New Delhi on October 26, 2015. A strong earthquake lasting almost a minute was felt in New Delhi on October 26, with buildings shaking in the centre of the Indian capital. Tremors were also felt as far away as Islamabad in Pakistan and the Afghan capital Kabul, but not in neighbouring Nepal which was hit by a major quake in April. AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian office workers stand in an open area in a carpark following an earthquake in New Delhi on October 26, 2015. A strong earthquake lasting almost a minute was felt in New Delhi on October 26, with buildings shaking in the centre of the Indian capital. Tremors were also felt as far away as Islamabad in Pakistan and the Afghan capital Kabul, but not in neighbouring Nepal which was hit by a major quake in April. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
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