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Quake rocks northeast Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • USGS measured the quake at 6.3 magnitude
  • Quake lasted about 15 seconds
  • Centered 165 miles northeast of Kabul, where it could be felt

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Hindu Kush mountain region of northeast Afghanistan near Pakistan late Friday night, the chief of Pakistan's Meteorological Department told CNN.

The quake was centered 165 miles northeast of Kabul, where residents could feel it, CNN's Joe Duran reported.

The temblor was also felt in Islamabad, Pakistan, but was minor, CNN's Chris Jackson reported from Islamabad.

It struck at 11:51 p.m. (3:21 p.m. ET) at a depth of 199.7 km (124.1 miles), 115 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Chitral, Pakistan, and 130 kilometers (80 miles) south-southwest of Khorugh, Tajikistan, the U.S.Geological Survey said.

CNN freelancer Bill Skinner said from a military base six to seven kilometers east of Kabul that the ground shook for about 15 seconds, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

"It is a deep earthquake," said USGS geophysicist John Bellini. "It is felt widely but not likely to cause damage. ... Generally deeper earthquakes are felt more widely."

In addition to being deep, he said, the quake was centered in a lightly populated area, making it even less likely to cause damage.

CNN's Salma Abdelaziz in Atlanta, Georgia, and Nasir Habib in Islamabad, Pakistan contributed to this story.