Afghanistan quake kills 1,000 people, deadliest in decades

The Afghan state news agency reported a powerful earthquake that struck a mountainous rural area in the east of the country, killing 1,000 people and injuring 1,500 more.

Wednesday’s quake was one of the deadliest in decades. Officials have warned that the already heavy toll could still rise.

Information on the 5.9-magnitude earthquake near the Pakistani border has been scarce. But earthquakes of this magnitude can cause severe damage to homes and other buildings that are poorly constructed and in areas where landslides are common.

The disaster was a major test for the Taliban-led government. The Taliban took power last year because the United States intended to withdraw from the country.

The US has no national presence at present, and the embassy is located outside Qatar.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of an earthquake in eastern Afghanistan,” the Twitter account at the U.S. embassy in Kabul said on Wednesday.

The quake, which killed about 166 people 300 kilometers north-northeast of Pakistan on October 10, 2008, killed at least 166 people and destroyed several villages.

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