Strong earthquake kills at least 280 in Afghanistan


An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 that rocked Afghanistan has killed at least 130 people — Twitter/@Haqmal
  • Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 kills scores of people in Afghanistan.
  • Quake strikes about 44 km from city of Khost, near Pakistani border.
  • PM Sharif and Pakistani foreign ministry express condolences over lost lives. 

KABUL: An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 killed at least 280 people in Afghanistan early on Wednesday, officials said, adding that hundreds of people were injured and the toll was likely to rise as information trickled in from remote mountain villages.

The quake struck about 44 km (27 miles) from the city of Khost, near the Pakistani border, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGC) said.

“Strong and long jolts,” a resident of the Afghan capital, Kabul, posted on the website of the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

“It was strong,” said a resident of the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Photographs on Afghan media showed houses reduced to rubble and bodies covered in blankets on the ground.

The EMSC put the magnitude at 6.1 though the USGC said it was 5.9.

Most of the confirmed deaths were in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika, where 255 people had been killed and more than 200 injured, said interior ministry official Salahuddin Ayubi.

In Khost province, 25 people had been killed and 90 taken to hospital, he said.

A shakemap of the earthquake of magnitude 6.1 that struck eastern Afghanistan, near the countrys border with Pakistan, early morning on June 22, 2022. A shakemap represents the ground shaking produced by an earthquake. The information is different from the earthquake‘s magnitude and epicenter as a shakemap focuses on the variation in ground shaking produced by the earthquake, rather than describing the earthquake‘s source or strength.—USGS/Reuters
A shakemap of the earthquake of magnitude 6.1 that struck eastern Afghanistan, near the country’s border with Pakistan, early morning on June 22, 2022. A shakemap represents the ground shaking produced by an earthquake. The information is different from the earthquake‘s magnitude and epicenter as a shakemap focuses on the variation in ground shaking produced by the earthquake, rather than describing the earthquake‘s source or strength.—USGS/Reuters

Pakistan extends condolences over loss of life in earthquake in Afghanistan

The foreign ministry of Pakistan and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif have expressed condolences over the lives lost in the earthquake.

The Prime Minister said that that “relevant authorities are working to support Afghanistan in this time of need.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry said in a statement that the government and people of Pakistan extend their “deepest condolences and sympathies over the loss of precious lives and damage to property caused by the tragic earthquake in Paktika province of Afghanistan.”

“The people of Pakistan stand in strong solidarity with their Afghan brethren in this difficult time. We have no doubt that the brotherly Afghan people will overcome the effects of this natural calamity with their characteristic resilience,” the statement read.



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