June 2022 Afghanistan earthquake

A 15.1-kilometre (9.4 mi) deep earthquake measuring magnitude (Mw) 6.2 struck southeastern Afghanistan on 22 June 2022 at 01:24:36 AFT (on 21 June 2022 at 20:54:36 UTC).[1] It affected the provinces of Paktika and Khost, and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It was felt over 500 km (310 mi) away by at least 119 million people,[2] including in Pakistan's Punjab and in parts of India and Iran.[3][4] According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake had a maximum Modified Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe).

June 2022 Afghanistan earthquake
A child stand among the ruins of a home.
Kabul
Islamabad
Kabul
Islamabad
UTC time2022-06-21 20:54:36
ISC event624496986
USGS-ANSSComCat
Local date2022-06-22 (2022-06-22)
Local time01:24:36 (UTC+04:30)
01:54:36 (UTC+05:00)
Magnitude6.2 Mw
Depth15.1 km (9.4 mi)
Epicenter33.092°N 69.514°E / 33.092; 69.514
TypeStrike-slip
Max. intensityVIII (Severe)
AftershocksAt least 30, largest is a 5.1 Mww
Casualties
  • 1,150 dead, 6,000+ injured in Afghanistan
  • 13 dead, 27 injured in Pakistan
  • 1,163 dead, 6,027+ injured (total)

At least 1,163 people died and more than 6,000 others were injured throughout eastern Afghanistan and western Pakistan,[5][6][7][8] making it the deadliest earthquake of 2022 and the deadliest in Afghanistan since 1998.[9][10] At least 10,000 homes had collapsed or were severely damaged.[11] The earthquake was very destructive relative to its magnitude, due to its shallow hypocenter underneath a densely populated area prone to landslides, in which low-quality buildings made of wood and mud are not earthquake-resistant.[9]

The Gayan and Barmal districts of Paktika Province were the most affected, with at least 238 and 500 deaths, respectively.[12][13] In Gayan, approximately 1,800 homes, or 70 percent of the district's homes, were destroyed. Three days later, a magnitude 4.2 aftershock killed five persons and wounded 11 more in Gayan District.[14][15][16]


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