Two Powerful Earthquakes Of 6.3 Magnitude Hit West Afghanistan Again; Total 7 Quakes In One Week

by Tejashee Kashyap
Two Powerful Earthquakes Of 6.3 Magnitude Hit West Afghanistan Again; Total 7 Quakes In One Week

Fresh two earthquakes struck western Afghanistan today morning, only days after two huge tremors in the area killed over 1,000 people. Thankfully, these earthquakes haven’t left any immediate official reports of casualties or property damage.

Two Earthquakes Hit Afghanistan

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre of the latest quake was roughly 34 kilometres (21 miles) outside Herat, the provincial capital, and eight kilometres (five miles) below the surface. However, this was quite a powerful earthquake in the morning.

Two earthquakes of 6.3 magnitude struck western Afghanistan. However, the country had already suffered a lot this week from aftershocks of the previous earthquakes that killed thousands of people and flattened entire villages in the same region. The earlier, October 7 earthquakes destroyed several towns in Herat, making it one of the most damaging quakes in the country’s recent history. According to UN officials, more than 90% were women and children.

Presently, the villages in the region’s arid hills had little left save rubble and burials. Survivors are trying to cope with the loss of several family members, and in many places, inhabitants are outnumbered by volunteers who have come to scour the debris and build mass graves. The reports indicate that the quake resulted in injuries and substantial property damage.

Also Read: Afghanistan Earthquakes: Multiple Earthquakes Causes Death Toll To Rise To 2400+, 9000+ Injured

Earthquakes Continue In Afghanistan


Afghanistan, like many other countries in the world, is prone to earthquakes due to its location near the boundary of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates. The earlier earthquakes on October 09 were one of the worst to hit Afghanistan in 20 years. The search for anyone who may have been trapped in the collapsed structures continues in several locations. The WHO team in Afghanistan deployed 12 ambulances to Zendah Jan to transport all injured persons to hospitals.

The country is prone to earthquakes and is frequently struck by them. The Hindu Kush mountain range has the most earthquakes. This is because the range is located at the meeting point of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Recovering from such a disaster is a long and arduous process. Our hearts go out to the people of Afghanistan, and we hope for a swift recovery and reconstruction efforts to help rebuild the affected communities.

Cover image credits: Representational from Canva

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