Sat. May 18th, 2024

More than 320 people have died and hundreds are feared injured after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck western Afghanistan’s Herat, according to the United Nations. Local officials in Herat have reported over 30 deaths and more than 600 injuries from several earthquakes in the province. The Zinda Jan and Ghoryan districts have been completely decimated, with 12 villages destroyed. The Ministry of Disaster Management confirmed that at least 15 people in the Zinda Jan district died and nearly 40 others were injured. The US Geological Survey recorded six earthquakes in western Afghanistan, the largest being a 6.3 magnitude quake in Zinda Jan. The tremors were also felt in Farah and Badghis provinces. Afghanistan, located near the convergence of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates, is prone to earthquakes, particularly in the Hindu Kush mountain range. In June 2022, a powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan claimed over 1,000 lives and injured around 1,500.

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