6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Afghanistan and Pakistan

On March 21, 2023, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The quake hit at approximately 09:47 PM local time and was centered in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, about 94 kilometers southeast of the city of Faizabad.

Initial reports indicate that the earthquake was felt in several cities in both countries, including Kabul and Islamabad. There have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties, but authorities are still assessing the situation.

The USGS has issued a “green alert” indicating that there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage from the earthquake. However, the agency notes that earthquakes of this magnitude can still cause significant damage, particularly in areas with poor infrastructure and buildings that are not designed to withstand seismic activity.

The region is no stranger to earthquakes, as it sits on the boundary between the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which are constantly moving and shifting. In October 2015, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the same area, killing more than 300 people and injuring thousands more.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to take necessary precautions and to stay away from damaged buildings and structures. The situation is still developing, and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

Source : https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us7000jln7/executive

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