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Afghanistan earthquake rattles Pakistan, India: 13 dead

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake has rattled much of Afghanistan and Pakistan, sending residents fleeing from their homes and killing at least 13 people.

Pakistan Earthquake The earthquake in the Hindu Kush mountains was felt over an area more than 1000km wide.
March 23, 2023
By Shilpa Jamkhandikar
23 March 2023

At least 13 people have been killed and more than 90 injured in northwest Pakistan and Afghanistan by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck in the Hindu Kush mountains.

At least nine people were killed and 44 injured in northwest Pakistan, and four died and 50 were injured in Afghanistan, government officials said.

The quake on Tuesday was felt over an area more than 1000 kilometres wide by some 285 million people in Pakistan, India, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said.

The epicentre in the Hindu Kush was in the sparsely populated northeast Afghan province of Badakhshan, 40km southeast of Jurm village, at the considerable depth of 187km, the US Geological Survey said.

In Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, senior provincial official Abdul Basit said at least 19 houses were damaged.

Shafiullah Rahimi, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s disaster mitigation ministry, said late on Tuesday that two people had been killed in the eastern province of Laghman.

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

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake in eastern Afghanistan killed more than 1000 people last year.

In 2005, at least 73,000 people were killed by a 7.6 magnitude quake that struck northern Pakistan.

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