Another powerful earthquake hit Afghanistan today just after last weekend’s deadly quake that killed almost 2,000 people. The latest quake made people of Afghanistan leave their homes for the second time in just five days.
According to the early report of the US Geological Survey, a major earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hit the Herat province of Afghanistan today Oct 11, 2023. The epicenter (main source point of the earthquake) was 28km outside the capital of Herat province.
Notable quake, preliminary info: M 6.3 – 28 km NNW of Herāt, Afghanistan https://t.co/uIPpxcmo6K— USGS Earthquakes (@USGS_Quakes) October 11, 2023
The latest quake took place in the early morning at about 5:11 a.m. with only 10km depth per US Geological Survey.
Information Ministry spokesman Abdul Wahid Rayan confirms at least 80 injured people and a major landslide as a result of the latest quake. The landslide has blocked the main Herat-Torghondi highway.
په هرات کي د نننۍ زلزلې امله له غرونو ډبري را لوېدلي، د هرات – تورغونډۍ سړک یې بند کړی.— Abdul Wahid Rayan، عبدالواحد ریان (@AWahidRayan1) October 11, 2023
تازه راپورونه وایي، چي هلته په سهارنۍ زلزله کي ۸۰ کسان ټپیان سوي، چي له ښاري سیمو دي.
له ولسوالیو لا احوال نسته.
د چاوک، کلی د، نن سهاره زلزلی، pic.twitter.com/p8ZdfBMzXk
The landslide has affected more than 700 houses badly in Chahak village. These houses are so badly damaged that there are only mounds of soil left after the quake. There is no death case reported per initial reports yet in Chahak.
Afghan residents were already sleeping in tents outside their homes due to fear of the last deadly quake. A local resident named Nadar told The New York Times that when his body started shaking, he realized that it was another quake while he was sleeping in his yard. He heard shouting and screaming of people who were sleeping outside.
A team of The New York Times journalists was inside the Arg Hotel at the time of the earthquake. They felt the extreme shaking of walls and hotel buildings. When the shaking stopped, they saw broken pieces of concrete walls and pieces of ceiling in some rooms crash to the floor.
Afghanistan is facing continuously a series of massive earthquakes because of its geographical location in the Hindu Kush mountain ranges. This area lies near the junction of Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates. These tectonic plates are responsible for earthquakes in Afghanistan.
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