Afghan quake kills 1,000; toll expected to rise | Updated: 2022-06-22 13:39
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Afghans look at destruction caused by an earthquake in the province of Paktika, eastern Afghanistan, June 22, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

The temblor struck 44 kilometers from the city of Khost, near the Pakistani border, the United States Geological Survey said.

"Strong and long jolts," a resident of the Afghan capital Kabul posted on the website of the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

Photographs on Afghan media showed houses reduced to rubble and bodies covered in blankets on the ground.

The center put the magnitude of the quake at 5.9.

In Kabul, Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund convened an emergency meeting at the presidential palace to coordinate the relief effort for victims in Paktika and Khost provinces.

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