6.2-Magnitude Quake Shakes Northeast Afghanistan

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit a remote and mountainous area of northeastern Afghanistan Tuesday morning, shaking buildings in the capital, across the border in Pakistan and in India.

The earthquake in Badakhshan province was about 200 miles northeast of the capital, Kabul, where residents felt shaking buildings and heard rattling windows. There were no immediate damage reports.

"It was a very strong earthquake," said Agha Noor Kemtoz, the provincial police chief of Badakhshan, which shares a border with Pakistan, Tajikistan and China. "My room was shaking and the light was swinging back and forth."

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.2-quake was centered just south of Faizabad and hit at 8:05 a.m.

The quake was felt across northern Pakistan, including in the capital, Islamabad, 280 miles away. It also was felt in Tajikistan and in the Indian and Pakistan-administered portions of Kashmir, where a severe earthquake two years ago left thousands dead and caused widespread destruction.

Badakhshan is home to the towering mountains of the Hindu Kush. It is the most remote province in Afghanistan.

A 6.7-magnitude quake struck Badakhshan in December 2005, killing at least five children.