- A 2nd earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan, at same area where a powerful jolt killed 1,150 last week
- At least 11 people were injured, and five were reported dead as the quake shook Paktika's Gayan dist
- Afghanistan’s mud-brick homes and landslide-prone mountains make such quakes more dangerous.
A second earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan on Friday, at the same area where a powerful jolt killed over 1,150 earlier this week. State media informed that this quake, however, was not as powerful as the earlier one.
At least 11 people were injured, and five were reported dead as the quake shook Paktika's Gayan District Friday morning, suggested Bakhtar News Agency.
The region is already reeling from Wednesday's magnitude 6 quake that killed 1,150 people and injured scores more, according to the latest figures carried in state media.
Wednesday's devastating quake
The death toll from a devastating earthquake in Afghanistan continued to climb days after it turned brick and stone homes into rubble, killing 1,150 people and wounding scores more.
The country of 38 million people was already in the midst of a spiraling economic crisis that had plunged millions deep into poverty with over a million children at risk of severe malnutrition.
In the district of Gayan, at least 1,000 homes were damaged by the earthquake. Another 800 homes in the Spera district of Khost province were also damaged. While modern buildings withstand magnitude 6 earthquakes elsewhere, Afghanistan’s mud-brick homes and landslide-prone mountains make such quakes more dangerous.