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M6.6 Sanglich (Hindukush) Earthquake, 2005


12 December 2005


WSW of Sanglich, Badakhshan


21:47:46 UTC (02:17:46 AT)  


36.252 N (NEIC)


71.097 E (NEIC)


217.0 kms (NEIC)


Mw 6.6 (NEIC), 6.5 (HRV).

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A 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 centred 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.

6 fatalities 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.

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

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