Earthquake of Magnitude 4.3 Jolts Afghanistan


It is the fourth earthquake that occurred in Afghanistan in a week….reports Asian Lite News

An earthquake of magnitude 4.3 on the Richter Scale jolted Afghanistan on Thursday, the National Center for Seismology (NCS) said.

According to NCS, the depth occurred at 9:01 am. The NCS said that the depth of the earthquake was registered at 180 kilometres.

In a post shared on X, NCS stated, “Earthquake of Magnitude:4.3, Occurred on 04-01-2024, 09:01:50 IST, Lat: 36.60 & Long: 71.24, Depth: 180 Km, Region: Afghanistan.”

It is the fourth earthquake that occurred in Afghanistan in a week.

Earlier, an earthquake of magnitude 4.3 on the Richter Scale struck Afghanistan on Thursday, according to the National Centre for Seismology. The quake occurred at 01:12:11 (IST).

“Earthquake of Magnitude:4.3, Occurred on 04-01-2024, 01:12:11 IST, Lat: 38.24 & Long: 74.31, Depth: 120 Km ,Location: Afghanistan,” NCS posted on X.

Two earthquakes of magnitude jolted Afghanistan’s Fayzabad on Wednesday, the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) reported. The first quake took place at 00:28:52 IST at a depth of 80 km, 126km E of Fayzabad. Meanwhile, the second earthquake occurred 100km ESE of Fayzabad at 00:55:55 IST. The depth was registered at 100 Km.

“Earthquake of Magnitude:4.4, Occurred on 03-01-2024, 00:28:52 IST, Lat: 36.90 & Long: 71.95, Depth: 80 Km, Location: 126km E of Fayzabad, Afghanistan,” the NCS said in a post on X.

Afghanistan’s Taliban-appointed state ministry for disaster management affairs has said that in the past nine months, 350 people have died in various natural disasters in the country, TOLO News reported.

As per the ministry, in that time, 4,000 homes were totally or partially destroyed, whereas 70,000 acres of agricultural land were also destroyed.

Speaker for the Taliban’s State Ministry of Disaster Management Mullah Janan Saiq said: “Around 70,000 acres of land has been destroyed due to natural disasters. Up to four thousand homes have been destroyed either completely or partially. We have reached the affected people quickly.”

The spokesman said that 25 provinces of the country are predicted to be vulnerable to floods and other natural disasters in the ongoing solar year.

“In the current year, 25 provinces are facing different threats from natural disasters, we have highlighted 300 spots as most vulnerable to the calamities,” Saiq said.

In the meantime, those who have been affected by drought and other natural disasters are concerned about the continuation of drought and lack of crops.

The people say that farmers have endured great losses due to lack of water for their land.

“Farmers are facing grave problems due to lack of water. Gardens have dried due to less rainfall this year,” said Abdul Khalil, a drought-affected farmer.

“When there is drought, the trees do not grow, the trees face different diseases which cause heavy losses to farmers,” said Muhammad Afzal, another drought-affected farmer, as per TOLO News. (ANI)

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