As many as 100 feared dead in Afghan earthquake

2:58 PM, Jun 11, 2012   |    comments
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KABUL, Afghanistan - As many as 100 people are feared dead after an earthquake struck northern Afghanistan this morning.

The governor of Baghlan province says the quake triggered a landslide that buried a remote village under mud and rocks. He says rescuers have so far pulled two bodies from the rubble, while the U.N. confirms one other death.

The world body says houses were destroyed across five districts in all. An emergency official who visited the village says buildings there were buried so deep that they couldn't be seen and bulldozers are needed to unearth the victims.

He says residents told them between 25 and 30 houses disappeared in the landslide. The U.S. Geological Survey says the Hindu Kush region was hit by two earthquakes, one measuring a magnitude 5.4 and the second a 5.7. Shaking was felt as far away as the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The Associated Press

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