GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
February 4-May 30, 1998: Two of the poorest and most isolated provinces in Afghanistan are rocked by two earthquakes just three months apart.

Two major quakes measuring 6.1 and 6.9 on the Richter scale originate from nearly the same site in the northeast provinces of Takhar and Badakshan. Landslides level homes and villages, trapping many under rubble and leaving thousands of terrified survivors clinging to exposed mountainsides. An estimated 10,000 people are killed and 45,000 left homeless.

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There are reports of a devastating earthquake in a remote region of Northern Afghanistan. Some death toll estimates are in the thousands. (February 1998)

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A UN spokesperson for Afghanistan speaks about the international relief efforts that are currently aiding victims of last Saturday's earthquake, which killed thousands in the northern region. (June 1998)