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M6.2 Khaneqa (Hindukush) Earthquake, 2007


3 April 2007


S of Khaneqa, Badakhshan


03:35:07 UTC (08:05:07 AT)  


36.528 N (NEIC)


70.668 E (NEIC)


210.5 kms (NEIC)


Mw 6.2 (NEIC); Mb 6.5 (GSR)

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A strong earthquake struck the Hindukush Mountains in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, on 3 April 2007 at 08:05 AM local time in Afghanistan and has been widely felt in north-east Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, north India and the central Asian republics. It had a magnitude of Mw=6.2 and resulted in several injuries in northern Pakistan and in Jammu & Kashmir, India.
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The earthquake was centred 1.1 kms S of Khaneqa (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
11.1 kms W of Ghowryd-e Ghazemi (Badakhshn), Afghanistan,
32.8 kms E of Khombok (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
67.1 kms S of Faizabad (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
112 kms WNW of Chitral (N.W.F.P.), Pakistan,
262 kms NNE of Kabul (Kabol), Afghanistan,
292 kms NW of Peshawar (N.W.F.P.), Pakistan,
393 kms NW of Rawalpindi (NCT), Pakistan,
463 kms NW of Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
649 kms NW of Lahore (Punjab), Pakistan,
1070 kms NW of Connaught Place (Delhi), India.

This earthquake was felt over a wide area in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. A child was injured while running out of his school in the village of Dherkot another person was hurt after jumping out of an office building at Muzaffarabad. An unknown number of people were also injured in the Kashmir Valley in Jammu & Kashmir, India, after jumping out of windows during the earthquake.

In Afghanistan, the earthquake was felt at Faizabad, Jalalabad and Kabul for close to 90-seconds. At Fai
zabad, the provincial police chief of Badakhshan province was quoted as saying "My room was shaking and the light was swinging back and forth". Many people ran outdoors at Jalalabad and Kabul. In Kabul, loose items and furniture including television sets were seen shaking and some windows shattered.

In neighbouring Pakistan, it was felt at 08:25 AM PST at Chitral, Dera Ismail Khan, Dir, Hangu, Karak, Kohat, Parachinar & Peshawar in the N.W.F.P., at Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi in Punjab and at Islamabad in the NCT. Doors and windows rattled under the impact of the earthquake at Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar sending people outdoors.
Strong tremors have also been felt in parts of the Kashmir Himalayas including at Balakot, Daimer, Ghanchee, Ghizer, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad and Skardu. A child was injured while running out of his school in the village of Dherkot and another person was hurt after jumping out of an office building at Muzaffarabad. In Jammu & Kashmir in India, the earthquake was felt at 09:05 AM IST at Doda, Jammu, Kathua, Kupwara, Poonch, Rajouri and Srinagar. In Srinagar, there were reports of minor damage and a brief power outage following the earthquake. The tremors lasted between 5-10 seconds in the city, rattling doors and windows. Many people panicked and ran outdoors when the earthquake struck. Several people were also injured in the Kashmir Valley after jumping out of windows during the earthquake. In Jammu, there was minor panic and telephone services were temporarily disrupted. Elsewhere in the state, all schools were closed at Rajouri following the earthquake while at Baramulla, people ran onto open spaces as the quake shook buildings and trees. Mild tremors were also felt in the union territory of Chandigarh, at Gurgaon and Faridabad in Haryana, at Chamba and Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, at Amritsar, Firozpur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Jhangran, Khanna, Ludhiana and Mullapur in Punjab, at Jaipur in Rajasthan and as far as Delhi. At Firozpur in Punjab many people ran outdoors on experiencing the quake for close to 30-seconds. Media reports hint at the possibility that tremors from this earthquake were felt even as far as Bhuj in Gujarat though this might be another smaller and independent event in itself.

The earthquake was also felt in parts of the Central Asian republics including at Dushanbe and Khorog in Tajikistan as well as at Andizhan & Tashkent Uzbekistan. In Dushanbe, people ran out of apartment buildings as windows rattled and hanging lights shook.

01) National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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