Powerful M6.6 Earthquake Shocks Afghanistan

Powerful Earthquake Shocks Afghanistan

There was a powerful magnitude 6.6 earthquake that shook Afghanistan on Sunday April 10th. The epicenter was 25 miles west of Ashkasham near the Afghan border with Tajikistan and Pakistan. It was felt across several major cities like Kabul, Islamabad, Lahore, and Dehli which forced residents to leave their homes. TV footage showed people praying in public.

Afghanistan Earthquake

Image from USGS

At least one person died and more than two dozen injured. There were no reports of any significant damage but a high risk of landslides in the mountainous regions.

The region is known for earthquakes. Last year, there was a magnitude 7.5 earthquake near the same region that killed almost 300 people. Landslides were triggered which buried villages. A magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook the area in Kashmir and killed over 70,000 people and left an estimated 2.5 million homeless. Unfortunately this was during the winter when there was heavy snow which made the recover even more difficult.


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