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The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

LONDON -- A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck western Afghanistan early Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, which was centered about 30 kilometers (18 miles) north-northwest of Herāt, followed a series of powerful tremors that killed more than a thousand.

PHOTO: An injured Afghan man being brought to a hospital following earthquake in Herat on October 15, 2023. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake shoopeople were killed in tremors last week. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
An injured Afghan man being brought to a hospital following earthquake in Herat on October 15, 2023. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook western Afghanistan on October 15, the US Geological Survey said, wracking the same region where more than 1,000 people were killed in tremors last week. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
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"This earthquake was preceded by three other M 6.3 earthquakes in the previous days," USGS said in a statement. "One M6.3 occurred on October 11th and two others occurred about 30 minutes apart on October 7th."

PHOTO: Injured Afghan people being brought to a hospital following earthquake in Herat on October 15, 2023. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook western Afghanistan on October 15, the US Geological Survey said. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
Injured Afghan people being brought to a hospital following earthquake in Herat on October 15, 2023. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook western Afghanistan on October 15, the US Geological Survey said, wracking the same region where more than 1,000 people were killed in tremors last week. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
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Sunday’s earthquake was registered at a depth of 6.3 km along the same fault planes on which the four most recent quakes struck, the USGS's statement said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

ABC News' KJ Edelman contributed to this story.

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