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At Least 950 People Die in Afghanistan Earthquake of Magnitude 5.9

Wreckage from the earthquake in Gayan, Afghanistan

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An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale struck Afghanistan, leading to a devastating loss of life.

Details:

  • The earthquake occurred approximately 46 kilometers southwest of Khōst, a city in southeastern Afghanistan.
  • The US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake originated 10 kilometers below the ground.
  • Authorities have confirmed that at least 950 people have died, and over 600 have been injured.
  • The Taliban has instructed authorities to provide essential supplies, including food, clothing, and medicine, to those affected. An emergency meeting was held to coordinate the response.
  • Earthquakes are not uncommon in Afghanistan due to the collision of the Indian tectonic plate with the Eurasian plate. The eastern part of the country lies along an active fault line.
  • This earthquake is the deadliest since 2002 and has also been felt in the capital city of Kabul.
  • Richard Luckett, a seismologist at the British Geological Survey, explains that although this earthquake was not exceptionally powerful, the high casualty count is due to the vulnerability of the structures in the region.
  • Amidst the country’s economic difficulties and limited aid operations caused by sanctions, the Afghan Red Crescent Society, a humanitarian organization, is providing assistance to the affected individuals.
  • The UK government has expressed its readiness to support Afghanistan during this crisis.

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