NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s deadliest earthquake since 2015 killed a minimum of 280 individuals close to the southeastern metropolis of Khost on Wednesday, officers have mentioned.
The nation has a protracted historical past of earthquakes, many within the mountainous Hindu Kush area bordering Pakistan.
Loss of life tolls have been worsened by the distant areas of many quakes and many years of warfare which have left infrastructure in perilous situation.
Here’s a record of Afghan quakes which have killed greater than 100 individuals during the last three many years, in keeping with the U.S. authorities’s Nationwide Facilities for Environmental Data:
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Earthquake within the rugged Hindu Kush killed 848 individuals throughout Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Soviet Union.
A magnitude 7.2 quake on the border of Afghanistan and Iran killed greater than 1,500 in each nations, and fully destroyed greater than 10,000 houses.
The earthquake within the distant northeastern province of Takhar killed a minimum of 2,300 individuals, with some estimates ranging as excessive as 4,000.
A second quake of magnitude 6.6 in the identical area killed 4,700 in the identical area simply three months later.
2002, HINDU KUSH TWIN QUAKES
Twin earthquakes within the Hindu Kush in March 2002 killed a complete of 1,100.
A quake of magnitude 7.5, one of many largest in Afghanistan’s recorded historical past killed a complete of 399 individuals in Afghanistan and neighbours Pakistan and India.
(Reporting by Alasdair Pal; Modifying by Clarence Fernandez)
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