New Delhi: Strong earthquake tremors were felt in western Afghanistan on Monday. The magnitude of the earthquake was recorded at 5.6 on the Richter scale. 26 people died due to the earthquake. While a large number of people are said to be injured. Hundreds of homes were also damaged. Local officials said the quake caused extensive damage in the western province of Badghis, bordering Turkmenistan.
According to the US Geological Survey, the first quake of magnitude 5.3 was felt at around 2 p.m. local time, while the second quake of 4.9 was felt at around 4 p.m. According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center, the epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 30 kilometers (18.64 mi). Officials feared that the death toll could rise as relief and rescue operations were still underway in remote villages affected by the quake.
According to the Meteorological Department, the epicenter of the 5.6 magnitude earthquake in the country was in the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border area at a depth of 100 km. The tremors were felt in several cities of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa including Peshawar, Manshera, Balakot and Charsada. The tremors of the earthquake were also felt in the north of the Gilgit-Baltistan region.
Let us tell you that Afghanistan is often vulnerable to earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which is located near the junction of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates. In 2015, about 280 people were killed when a powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake centered in the mountain range shook South Asia.
first published:Jan. 18, 2022, 6:50 a.m.