Deadliest earthquake in Afghanistan kills 1,000+ people: List of largest Earthquakes in history
A powerful earthquake struck a rural, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border early on June 22, killing at least 1,000 people and 1,500 people injured, according to reports. Officials warned that the death toll could rise. Information is scarce about a magnitude 6.1 earthquake that damaged buildings in Khost and Paktika provinces. Rescue operations are probably going to be difficult because many international relief organisations departed Afghanistan when the Taliban took control of the nation last year and the withdrawal of the U.S. military from the longest war in its history.
Country in South Asia
- Capital: Kabul
- Area: 652,860 km²
- Dialing code: +93
- Currency: Afghan afghani
- Population: 3.89 crores (2020) World Bank
- Gross domestic product: 1,980.71 crores USD (2020) World Bank
- Official languages: Pashto, Dari
After a significant earthquake struck Afghanistan, more than 1,000 people died. India has pledged to help and support the country in this time of need. In the wake of the tragic earthquake that left over 1000 people dead and hundreds more injured, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Wednesday that India stands by the Afghan people.
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 22, 2022
A powerful earthquake occurred close to the city of Khost in the country’s southeastern part. The Spera District in Khost Province and the Barmala, Ziruk, Naka, and Gayan districts in Paktika Province are the most affected areas. The European seismological agency, EMSC, said the earthquake’s tremors were felt over 500 kilometres (310 miles) by 119 million people across Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. Large areas of South Asia, along with mountainous Afghanistan and the Hindu Kush mountains, have long been vulnerable to devastating earthquakes.
- Over 200 people died in Afghanistan and neighbouring northern Pakistan in 2015 by a significant earthquake that struck the nation’s northeast.
- Around 1,000 people were killed in northern Afghanistan in 2002 by a 6.1-magnitude earthquake.
- In addition, Afghanistan faced another earthquake of the same magnitude in 1998 killed around 4,500 people.
Largest Earthquakes in the World
|3||9.1||Off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra|
|4||9.1||Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan|
|5||9||Off the East Coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia|
|6||8.8||Offshore Bio-Bio, Chile|
|7||8.8||Near the Coast of Ecuador|
|8||8.7||Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska|
|9||8.6||Eastern Xizang-India border region|
|10||8.6||Off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra|
|11||8.6||Northern Sumatra, Indonesia|
|12||8.6||Andrean of Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska|
|13||8.6||South of Alaska|
|17||8.4||Near the East Coast of Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia|
|18||8.4||Southern Sumatra, Indonesia|
|19||8.4||Near the Coast of Southern Peru|
|20||8.4||Off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan|
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