Earthquakes Hit Southeastern and Northeastern Afghanistan

Two earthquakes today hit southeastern and northeastern Afghanistan respectively. A magnitude 5.1 earthquake shocked the southeastern provinces of Afghanistan on Monday evening and was preceded by an earthquake in the northeast around an hour earlier, the United States Geological Survey reported.

The quake in the southeast occurred at 16:52 (Afghanistan time) and the USGS said the epicenter was 49 kilometers west-southwest of Khost, presumably meaning Khost center. Its depth was reported to be 10 kilometers, by the USGS.

At least 10 people were wounded from the southeast earthquake in Giyan district of Paktika, the provincial governor’s office said, adding that several residences that were damaged in the previous earthquake were destroyed and teams have been sent to the area.

Meanwhile, another earthquake of 4.3 magnitude was reported in the northeastern province of Badakhshan at 16:04, 27km southeast of Jurm, according to the USGS.

The earthquake happened with its epicenter 27 kilometers southeast of Jurm district of northern Badakhshan province.