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Two Dead After Quake Shakes Northern Afghanistan


Afghan officials fear scores of casualties after rescuers pulled out two bodies from rubble after an earthquake hit a remote region in northern Afghanistan.

The head of Afghanistan's natural disaster department, Samim Afzali, told the AFP news agency that some 60 people are feared trapped under the rubble as a landslide collapsed 20 houses in the Burka district in northern Baghlan Province.

He said they were reports of 10 more homes destroyed in neighboring Takhar Province.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, two quakes, each measuring more than 5.0 magnitude, struck the area more than 200 kilometers north of the capital, Kabul, early on June 11.

Reports say the tremors could be felt in Kabul, as well.

With reporting by AFP and AP