earthquake in AfghanistanA relatively powerful earthquake jolted capital Kabul and the surrounding areas of the city this afternoon.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a magnitude 5.5 earthquake in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan.

According to USGS the earthquake started 43km South of Jurm district with the location recorded 36.475°N 70.860°E having a depth of 176.7 km.

There are no reports regarding the casualties or destruction as a result of the quake so far.

Earlier USGS reported a magnitude 4.4 earthquake in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan with the location recorded 42km East of Farkhar district.

This comes as a powerful earthquake jolted Afghanistan including capital Kabul in the month of October with Richter scale recorded at 7.5 magnitude.

At least 115 people lost their lives and over 500 others were reported to have sustain injuries with damages reported to at least 4,000 houses.