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M6.6 Darawan (Hindukush) Earthquake, 2004


5 April 2004


Near Darawan, Badakhshan


21:24:00 UTC (01:54:00 AT)


36.557 N (ISC)


71.003 E (ISC)


168.5  kms (ISC)


Mw 6.6 (HRV), 6.5 (NEIC)

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A strong earthquake struck the Hindukush Mountains in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, on 5 April 2004 at 21:24 UTC, leaving 3 people dead and its effects being felt in parts of eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and northern India. It had a magnitude of Mw=6.6.

The earthquake was centred near Darawan (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
19.2 kilometres E of Ghowryad-e Gharemi (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
34 kilometres NNW of Sanglich (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
57.9 kilometres WSW of Iskashem, Tajikistan,
74.5 kilometres N of Shahr-e Pari (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
90.1 kilometres NW of Chitral (N.W.F.P.), Pakistan,
274 kilometres NE of Bagram Airbase, Kabul (Kabol), Afghanistan,
288 kilometres NNW of Peshawar (N.W.F.P.), Pakistan.

1 person was killed in the Shahr-e Bozorg area and 2 in Kabul in Afghanistan. One of the fatalities in Kabul was a man who jumped out of a third floor hotel window & later succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Five people were also hurt in northern Pakistan.

At least 5 buildings collapsed in Badakhshan, Afghanistan during the earthquake. 3 house collapsed were reported from Jurm district and a further 2 in Yangaan district. The earthquake was strongly felt in many parts of northern Pakistan, including at Peshawar where it caused some panic and people rushed outdoors. At Islamabad many people were woken up by tremors lasting close to a minute. Shocks were also felt at Abottabad, Chitral, Gilgit, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Sialkot and Swat. Small mudslides fell on mountain roads in and around Gilgit due to the earthquake. It was even felt as far south as Lahore in the Punjab and as far as Delhi, Gurgaon and Srinagar in north India. In Central Asia it was felt at Andijon, Ferghana, Namangan, Tashkent and Termiz in Uzbekistan.

01) International Seismological Centre (ISC), Berkshire.
02) National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
Harvard Centroid Moment Tensor Solution (HRV), Harvard, USA.
04) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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