7.5 magnitude earthquake rocks Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says in a tweet that the earthquake was “the strongest one felt in recent decades.

There are reports of heavy casualties caused by the earthquake but exact numbers are yet to be released by government authorities.” He did not provide further details.

Earlier he called an emergency meeting of disaster officials, which was broadcast live on television. He instructed doctors and hospitals to be prepared to receive and treat casualties.

He said telecommunications have been disrupted in vast parts of the country, preventing the government from getting a concise picture of damage and casualties.

He also called on officials to be prepared for aftershocks.

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