Earthquake strikes again in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Earthquake strikes again in Afghanistan and Pakistan

ALERT

December 26th, 2015

Prepared by Communications Office

 

Severe jolts of a 6.2 magnitude earthquake have been felt in several cities of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan in Pakistan and in parts of northeast Afghanistan just after midnight on December 26th.
The strong tremors of the earthquake continued for about 80 to 90 seconds terrifying people and urging them rush out of their homes in the middle of the night.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported the earthquake at 6.2 on the Richter scale, however the MET Department in Pakistan has reported the measurement to a magnitude of 6.9 after which an alert was also issued in the province.

According to Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar’s spokesperson, 30 people have been injured due to the earthquake so far. Eighteen people have been reported injured in Swat.

The earthquake was measured at a depth of 203.5 kilometers (126 miles), and its recorded epicenter was 280 kilometers northeast of the Afghan capital in Kabul at 11:44 pm (1914 GMT) in the Hindukush mountain range.[i]

After the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck on October 26th this year, this has been the second strongest earthquake to occur in the same Hindu Kush range.

 

There have been no reports of any loss of life or property in any of the affected countries so far.

 

Contacts:

Allan A. Calma

Deputy Director

Disaster Management Program

allan.calma@communityworldservice.asia

Mobile: +92 301 5801621

 

Muhammad Fazal

Associate Director

Emergencies/DRR/Climate Change

fazil.sardar@communityworldservice.asia

Cell: +92 332 5586134

 

Nejabat Khan Safi

Associate Director

Disaster Management Program

nejabat.safi@communitryworldservice.asia

Mobile: +93 799 326 628
Palwashay Arbab

Head of Communications

Palwashay.arbab@communityworldservice.asia

Mobile: +92 42 3586 5338

 

Sources:

www.samaa.tv

www.tribune.com.pk

 

 

[i] US Geological Survey (USGS)- http://www.usgs.gov/