World · June 22, 2022

The deadliest earthquakes in Afghanistan | The citizen



The earthquake that killed at least 1,000 people in eastern Afghanistan and injured hundreds more is the deadliest in the country in nearly a quarter of a century.

Here is an overview of other recent earthquakes in one of the poorest countries in the world.

– 1991: 1,500 dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan –

On February 1, 1991, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook Afghanistan and the north-east of neighboring Pakistan.

The tremors are also felt in northern India and Tajikistan.

At least 1,500 people are killed, according to Afghan authorities.

– 1998: two earthquakes kill thousands of people –

In 1998, the country was rocked by two major earthquakes.

The first, on February 4, 1998, focuses on the northeastern province of Takhar, where some 4,500 people are killed and thousands left homeless. The earthquake has a magnitude of 5.9, according to the US Geological Survey.

The second, of magnitude 6.6, also affects Takhar, along with the extreme north-east of Badakhshan province on May 30. It leaves about 5,000 dead, 1,500 injured and destroys several villages.

On March 3, 2020, a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the north of the country, killing between 70 and 150 people in Samangan province.

On March 25, a smaller earthquake killed over 800 people and left thousands homeless in Baghlan province at the foot of the Hindu Kush mountain range. The city of Nahrin, which had a population of 20,000, is completely destroyed.

– 2012: Dozens buried by the landslide –

On 11 June 2012, three earthquakes with magnitudes between 5.2 and 5.7 caused 75 deaths and destroyed dozens of homes in Baghlan province. All but four of the dead are found in the village of Mullah Jan, buried by a landslide.

– 2015: the largest earthquake kills hundreds of people –

On 26 October 2015, the largest earthquake in decades with a magnitude of 7.5 shakes the Hindu Kush range, which straddles the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. At least 380 people are killed in the two countries.