ASADABAD (BNA) At least 8 people were killed and nine others injured as an earthquake struck eastern Kunar province early on Monday, provincial head of Information and Culture of the province Mawlawi Mohammad Hanaf said.
The earthquake jolted the region at around 02:30 a.m. local time and based on preliminary reports 6 persons were killed and nine others injured in Mazar Dara area of Norgal district.
Scores of houses were destroyed by the quake in the mountainous province, the official said, adding survey has been launched to determine the exact figure of loss of life and property damages.
The epicenter of the earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3, according to reports, was 38 km northeast of Jalalabad city, capital of neighboring Nangarhar province. The quake was also felt in Afghan capital Kabul.
Previously, a devastating quake on June 22 left more than 1,000 dead and more than 3,000 others injured, mostly in the eastern Paktika and neighboring Khost provinces.