Afghan quakes kill at least 19, destroy some 100 homes

Two earthquakes shook eastern Afghanistan early Friday, killing at least 19 people and destroying dozens of homes, officials said. The quakes destroyed an estimated 100 houses in two villages in Nangarhar province, said governor's spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai. The provincial police chief, Ghafor Khan, said at least 19 people were killed and 20 injured. The US Geological Survey said Nangarhar province was hit by two earthquakes - a 5.5 magnitude quake at about 2 a.m., and a 5.1 magnitude aftershock two hours later. Khan said two villages suffered the most damage - Sargad Kheil and Khodi Kheil, both in Sherzad district, about 50 miles east of Kabul.