July 14, 2024

6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Afghanistan; teenager dies | world

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6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Afghanistan;  teenager dies |  world
6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Afghanistan;  teenager dies |  world

People wait outside a restaurant after feeling an earthquake in Lahore, Pakistan on March 21, 2023 – Photo: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

An earthquake hit Its magnitude is 6.5 It struck northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), killing at least one person in neighboring Pakistan and causing strong tremors in the north of the two countries.

A 13-year-old girl died when a wall collapsed on her in her home. Police officer Shafiullah Gandapur told Reuters news agency that 34 people were injured in the Swat district in northern Pakistan.

Afghan authorities said they had no immediate reports of casualties in their country.

“We felt a strong earthquake. According to preliminary information, the main affected place was Yamghan district,” said Mohzadin Ahmadi, head of the media department in Badakhshan province in northern Afghanistan.

In the provincial capital of Faizabad, Ashraf Nail, 29, said he was at home when he Windows started shaking tightly for about a minute.

“My brothers and sisters ran outside,” said Nael. “We live in a concrete house, but mud houses can get damaged.”

in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, northern Pakistan. 90-meter wall A police district spokesman said collapsed around a police station but caused no casualties.

285 million felt the earthquake

The quake was felt more than 1,000 kilometers away by nearly 285 million people in Pakistan, India, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, according to the Emergency Medical Center.

Large parts of southern Asia are seismically active because a tectonic plate known as the Indian plate is pushing north over the Eurasian plate.

Initially, the earthquake was reported to have a magnitude of 6.8, but the value was later revised to 6.5, according to the US Geological Survey.

In June last year, an earthquake in eastern Afghanistan left more than 1,500 dead and sent a trail of destruction across the country, where the economy is already rocked after the fundamentalist Taliban regime seized control of the government in 2021. It had a magnitude of 6.1 – much smaller than today – but it was Much closer to the surface, only 10 kilometers deep.

The map shows the epicenter of the earthquake that hit northeastern Afghanistan on March 21, 2023 – Image: USGS/Reproduction

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