Earthquake of 5.3 magnitude hits central Afghanistan

April 19, 2010 10:42 am 

KABUL, April 19 — An earthquake of 5.3 magnitude hit central Afghanistan early on Monday, the United States Geological Survey said, but locals told Xinhua they did not feel the tremor.

The tremor took place at a depth of 10 km at 12:58 a.m. local time around 190 km northwest of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, said the USGS.

It happened 125 km southeast of Mazar-i-Sharif, the fourth largest city of the war-ravaged central Asian country, according to the USGS report.

In the city with a population of 300,000, locals told Xinhua through telephone that they did not feel the tremor.

No immediate damage or injuries have been reported so far, as the country has no earthquake agency. (PNA/Xinhua) ALM

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