After the severe earthquake in the Afghan-Pakistani border region, the death toll has risen to 920, according to official figures. At least 600 other residents of the border provinces were injured in the quake late Tuesday evening (local time), Taliban Deputy Minister of State for Disaster Management, Maulawi Sharafuddin Muslim, said on Wednesday.
A spokesman for the Taliban also spoke of dozens of destroyed houses in four affected districts of the province bordering Pakistan. Local media reported that one village was completely destroyed.
The information from regional seismic stations on the strength initially fluctuated. Pakistani authorities gave the earthquake late Tuesday evening (local time) with a magnitude of 6.1. The US earthquake monitor (USGS) reported a magnitude of 5.9 and a slightly weaker aftershock. Accordingly, the center of the earthquake was around 50 kilometers southwest of the city of Khost near the border with Pakistan at a depth of around ten kilometers.