Afghanistan quake kills 2

Story highlights

  • About 20 houses were crushed by falling rocks in the remote area of Burka, official says
  • USGS report the quake was centered about nine miles east of Nahrin and 105 miles north of Kabul

Two people died and another 14 were hurt when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook northeastern Afghanistan Monday night, according to a provincial spokesman.

About 20 houses were crushed by falling rocks in the remote area of Burka, according to Mahmood Haqmal, a spokesman for the Baghlan province governor.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the 5.7 magnitude quake was centered about nine miles east of Nahrin and 105 miles north of Kabul, Afghanistan.

The districts of Burka, Jilga and Nahrin in Baghlan province suffered the most damage, Haqmal said. The lack of phone communications has slowed the government's assessment of casualties and damage, he said.

Authorities do not expect to hear details of damage from an inspection team until Tuesday morning, he said.