June 2022 Afghanistan earthquake
An earthquake measuring moment 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). It affected Paktika and Khost provinces, and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It was felt over 500 km (310 mi) away by at least 119 million people, including in Pakistan's Punjab and in parts of India and Iran. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake had a maximum Modified Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent).
|UTC time||2022-06-21 20:54:36|
|Local time||01:24:36 (UTC+04:30)|
|Depth||10.0 km (6.2 mi)|
|Max. intensity||IX (Violent)|
At least 1,163 people died and more than 3,000 others were injured throughout eastern Afghanistan and western Pakistan, making it the deadliest earthquake in 2022 and the deadliest earthquake in Afghanistan since 1998. At least 10,000 homes were heavily damaged or totally destroyed. 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.
The Gayan and Barmal districts of Paktika Province were the most affected, with at least 238 and 500 deaths, respectively. In Gayan, approximately 1,800 homes, or 70 percent of the district's homes, were destroyed. Three days later, a magnitude 4.3 aftershock killed five persons and wounded 11 more in Gayan District.