At least four persons were confirmed to have died, and more than 100 were injured in the magnitude 6.2 earthquake that jolted the northeastern border of Afghanistan late night on Friday, affecting Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Among the fatalities, three were from the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhw, while the other one was from the region of Gilgit-Baltistan, both in Pakistan.
“Due to the remoteness and depth of the epicenter, the damage is not expected to rise, but there could be reports of more deaths in the coming hours,” said Latif ur Rehman, spokesperson of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s disaster management agency.
Rehman also noted that since rescuers have not reached all affected areas yet, the numbers in the death toll could still rise.
The earth’s movement were felt at around 11:14 p.m. on December 25, and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have located the epicenter at the province of Badakhshan in Afghanistan.
“I was asleep when I felt my bed shaking and I quickly realized it was an earthquake, so I left the house quickly with my family. When I went outside, I saw a lot of my neighbors in the street with their children despite the cold. A few minutes after the quake stopped, we went back inside the house,” one resident named Mohammad Parwiz said; sharing his experience to reporters.
The earthquake’s depth reached 203 kilometers; destroying 74 houses in the province of Nangarhar, and five more in Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan, Kunar and Parwan.