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Strong Earthquake strikes Afghanistan and Pakistan
« on: October 22, 2009, 17:33:58 »
Yikes. Why do I have a feeling that the Pakistani Taliban might want use this as an excuse to declare a ceasefire with the Pakistani government to get a reprieve from the current offensive and to regroup?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091022/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan_earthquake

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A strong earthquake centered in the towering Hindu Kush mountains shook a wide area of eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan early Friday, swaying buildings in the Afghan and Pakistani capitals.

There were no initial reports of damage or casualties from the quake
, which struck about 12:21 a.m. Afghan time (1951 GMT, 3:51 p.m. EDT Thursday).

However, the temblor was centered in a remote mountain area where communications are poor and reports of casualties take time to reach the capital.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 and was centered in the mountains about 167 miles (268 kilometers) northeast of Kabul and 140 miles (230 kilometers) west of Mingaora, Pakistan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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