Afghanistan was hit by a massive earthquake Wednesday morning leading to the death of more than 1,000 people and injuring at least 1,500, according to local media.
Early reports indicate that the earthquake was between 5.9 and 6.1 in magnitude. Mountainous parts of eastern Afghanistan were most seriously affected as government officials say the death count could still rise.
“Rescuers rushed to the area by helicopter Wednesday, but the response is likely to be complicated since many international aid agencies left Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover,” the Associated Press reported. “Reaching rural areas even in the best circumstances remains difficult in Afghanistan, a landlocked nation just smaller than Texas with rutted mountain roadways that may now have sustained significant damage.”
Tremors from the earthquake impacted nearby Pakistan, whose