Afghan officials put 5.9 earthquake epicenter near northern border, no casualties reported

An Afghan official says the epicenter of a magnitude-5.9 earthquake was in a remote and sparsely populated region near the country's borders with Pakistan, China and Tajikistan.

Mohammad Aslim Sayas, deputy director of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, said on Monday there have not yet been any reports of casualties or damage.

The quake happened late Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter was 21 kilometers (14 miles) south-southwest of the town of Ashkasham in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, 300 kilometers (about 200 miles) northeast of Kabul.

The quake was felt across northern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and in the Indian capital of New Delhi.

It follows a magnitude-7.5 earthquake on Oct. 26, also in Afghanistan's northern Badakhshan province.