strong earthquake struck the Hindukush
Mountains in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, on
12 December 2005 at 02:17 AM local time in Afghanistan resulting in at least six
deaths and minor damage to property in north-east Afghanistan,
northern Pakistan and north India. It had a
magnitude of Mw=6.6.
The earthquake was
8.2 kms WSW of Sanglich (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
19.3 kms NW of Dorah Pass, Pakistan-Afghanistan border,
41.6 kms SE of Ghowrayd-e Gharami (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
64.2 kms WNW of Chitral (N.W.F.P.), Pakistan,
259 kms NE of Kabul (Kabol), Afghanistan,
344 kms NW of Rawalpindi (FCR), Pakistan,
1021 kms NW of Defence Colony (Delhi), India.
and at least 80 injures have been reported so far as a result of
this earthquake. In Afghanistan, 5 children were killed in roof
collapses in the village of Tili in Badakhshan province. 24 people
were injured in the provinces of Badakhshan & Nangarhar, including
5 at Jalalabad. In India, 1 person died of cardiac arrest at
Lethpora in Pulwana district of Jammu & Kashmir and another was
injured after jumping from a house at Soura in Srinagar. In
Pakistan, 55 persons were hurt in the N.W.F.P., including 40
people at Peshawar.
In Afghanistan, the
quake was strongly felt at Fezyabad, Jalalabad & Kabul sending
residents running outdoors. 200 houses were damaged in the districts
of Shahr-e Bozoug & Yamgan in Badakhshan province and 400 domestic
animals were killed. Damage was also reported from Keran-o Munjan in
the same province.
In Pakistan, the
earthquake was felt at Abbottabad, Chitral & Islamabad & Shaadi
Khan. It was also felt at Bagh, Balakot, Battagram, Dir, Faisalabad,
Gujranwala, Lahore, Mansehra, Kaghan, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Sialkot
& Swat in north Pakistan and at Muzaffarabad & Rawalakot in P.O.K.
Buildings were damaged at Allai. Landslides & rock falls were
reported from Chitral & Gilgit: at the latter the Karakoram Highway
was blocked in upper Hunza. Minor damage was reported from Gilgit.
There was panic at Muzaffarabad as people ran out of tents screaming
& reciting verses from the Koran.
In India, the shock was
strongly felt at Jammu, Srinagar, Tangdhar & Uri. Minor damage has
been reported to buildings in the villages of Ajot, Chilas, Digwar,
Loran, Karmara & Khari in the Poonch region as well as cracks in
buildings at Baramulla, Jammu, Srinagar & Uri. Minor rock falls and
landslides were reported from western parts of Jammu & Kashmir. The
quake was felt at Amritsar & in high-rise buildings in Delhi as well
as in the union territory of Chandigarh and at Hoshiarpur in Punjab.
Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
Harvard Centroid Moment Tensor Solution (HRV), Harvard, USA.
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