Two minor earthquakes hit Afghanistan day after deadly quake kills 1,000

Country has recorded several similar disasters since 1991



By Web Desk

Published: Thu 23 Jun 2022, 10:04 AM

Last updated: Thu 23 Jun 2022, 10:12 AM

Two minor earthquakes have hit parts of Afghanistan a day after a magnitude 6 quake killed 1,000 people.

The US Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.2 quake struck 83 kilometres from Kalafgan at 5.48 on Thursday morning. This was followed by a magnitude 4.3 quake 58 kilometres from the same spot a few hours later at 7.56am.

This comes after a magnitude 6 earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan, injuring more than 1,500 people and killing over 1,000; the death toll is expected to rise.

The country has a long history of earthquakes, many in the mountainous Hindu Kush region bordering Pakistan.

Death tolls have been worsened by the remote locations of many quakes and decades of war that have left infrastructure in perilous condition.

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Here is a list of Afghan quakes that have killed more than 100 people over the last three decades, according to the US government’s National Centers for Environmental Information:

1991

Hindu Kush

Earthquake in the rugged Hindu Kush killed 848 people across Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Soviet Union

1997

Qayen

A magnitude 7.2 quake on the border of Afghanistan and Iran killed more than 1,500 in both countries, and completely destroyed more than 10,000 homes

Feb 1998

Takhar

The earthquake in the remote northeastern province of Takhar killed at least 2,300 people, with some estimates ranging as high as 4,000

May 1998

Takhar

A second quake of magnitude 6.6 in the same region killed 4,700 just three months later

2002

Hindu Kush twin quakes

Twin earthquakes in the Hindu Kush in March 2002 killed a total of 1,100

2015

Hindu Kush

A quake of magnitude 7.5, one of the largest in Afghanistan’s recorded history killed a total of 399 people in Afghanistan and neighbours Pakistan and India.


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