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No U.S. or coalition bases were damaged and no personnel injured in Tuesday’s moderate earthquake that struck the Hindu Kush mountains and rattled nerves still jittery from October’s devastating quake in the same region.

The 6.7 magnitude quake this week hit northeastern Afghanistan and border areas of Pakistan early Tuesday morning and damaged hundreds of houses in remote areas of the two countries.

The quake did not damage any U.S. bases in the region, said Lt. Col. Jerry O’Hara, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force 76. American military officials in Pakistan also reported no damage. Hundreds of U.S. soldiers, sailors and Marines have been in Pakistan providing relief for victims of October’s quake, which killed nearly 80,000 people in South Asia.

Tuesday’s quake was felt in several Pakistani cities — including Muzaffarabad and Balakot — which were devastated in October. The U.S. Army’s lone remaining mobile hospital, deployed from Germany, has been operating and treating earthquake victims since mid-October.

Another 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit northern India on Wednesday; officials there said it was the second day in a row earthquakes were felt in New Delhi.

Hundreds of homes were damaged and 400 farm animals were killed in Afghanistan’s 6.7 magnitude quake.

The quake hit just before 3 a.m., sending many people — with fresh memories of October’s quake — into panic, news reports said.


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