Earthquakes in Afghanistan have left at least 15 people dead and dozens of others injured.
A pair of 6.3-magnitude quakes hit western Afghanistan on Saturday, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The epicentre was about 25 miles northwest of the city of Herat and was followed by a 5.5-magnitude aftershock, the USGS reported.
A map on its website indicated there were seven earthquakes in the area.
At least 15 people were killed and around 40 others injured, according to a disaster management official.
The figures are based on reports from the Zinda Jan district of Herat province, said Mullah Jan Sayeq from Afghanistan’s ministry of disaster management.
He said the earthquakes had also shaken the provinces of Farah and Badghis, where there are reports of widespread damage to houses, but no details about casualties yet.
Image: The earthquakes have left at least 15 dead. Pic: Xinhua/Shutterstock Erfanullah Sharafzoi, a spokesperson for the Afghan Red Crescent, said emergency teams and volunteers were preparing to go to Herat to help victims.
Videos posted on social media showed hundreds of people in the streets outside their homes and offices in the city.
Resident Abdul Shakor Samadi said: “Me and my family were inside our home, I felt the quake,” adding that his relatives began shouting and ran outside and are now afraid to return.
“All people are out of their homes. Houses, offices and shops are all empty and there are fears of more earthquakes.”
Another resident, Naseema, said the multiple tremors had caused panic in Herat, adding: “People left their houses, we all are on the streets.”
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Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban-appointed deputy prime minister for economic affairs, has expressed his condolences to the victims in Herat and Badghis.
In June last year, Afghanistan’s deadliest earthquake in two decades killed at least 1,000 people and injured about 1,500 more.