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M5.8 Ter Geran (Hindukush) Earthquake, 2008


6 September 2008


SSE of Ter Geran, Afghanistan


05:47:39 UTC (10:17:39 AT)  


36.641 N (NEIC)


70.898 E (NEIC)


178 kms (NEIC)


Mw 5.8 (NEIC); Mb 6.1 (GSR)

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A moderate earthquake (M5.0-5.9 termed as "moderate") occurred in the Hindukush Mountains in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, on 6 September 2008 at 10:17 AM local time in Afghanistan. It had a magnitude of Mw=5.8 and was widely felt in north-east Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, parts of north India and in the central Asian republics.

The earthquake was centr
ed 3.4 kms SSE of Ter Geran (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
16 kms NE of Ghowrayd Gharami (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
43.1 kms WNW of Nowabad (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
60.7 kms SSE of Faizabad (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
77 kms NW of Yundeh (NWFP), Pakistan,
103 kms NW of Chitral (NWFP), Pakistan,
277 kms NNE of Bagram Air Base (Kabol), Afghanistan,
299 kms NNW of Peshawar (NWFP), Pakistan,
391 kms NW of Rawalpindi (Punjab), Pakistan,
454 kms NW of Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
648 kms NNW of Lahore (Punjab), Pakistan,
845 kms NW of Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), India,
1068 kms NNW of Connaught Place (Delhi), India.

If you felt this earthquake or the earthquake on 5 September at 04:57 GMT, please take the time to fill out a felt report questionnaire.

This earthquake was felt strongly at Faizabad, Kabul and Kunar sending people running outdoors. Strong tremors were also felt over a large part of northern Pakistan including Abbottabad, Balakot, Batagram, Chakwal, Dawoodkhel, Gujrat, Jhelum, Lahore, Islamabad, Kurram Agency, Malakand Agency, Mingaora, Mirpur, Parachinar, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Swat. In Peshawar, people ran outdoors in panic. Tremors were also felt in the disputed areas of the Kashmir Himalayas including at Gilgit, Hunza and Muzaffarabad.

In India, tremors were felt at Bhadarwah, Chatra, Chinaini, Digwar, Doda, Jammu, Jhalas, Kishtwar, Pader, Palmad, Punch, Rajouri, Riasi, Srinagar and Udhampur in Jammu & Kashmir. In the Kashmir Valley, people ran outdoors in panic. At Jammu, it was felt distinctly in the upper floors of buildings while at Kishtwar, many people ran outdoors in panic. Tremors were also felt in the union territory of Chandigarh while in Punjab it was felt at Firozpur and Gurdaspur, In Himachal Pradesh, it was strongly felt in the Lahual Valley at Keylang, Tandi, Triloknath and Udaipur but was mild at Banjar, Bhojpur, Dharamsala, Kullu, Manali, Mandi, Patlikuhal and Sundernagar. It was distinctly felt in the upper floors of buildings at Chamba, Saloni and Teesa. Elsewhere, tremors were reportedly felt in the states of Delhi, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Tremors were also felt at Dushanbe in Tajikistan and at Tashkent in Uzbekistan.

This was the second earthquake within 24-hours to have been felt in this immediate region. On 5 September, at 04:57 UTC
a Mw=5.3 earthquake, also centred in the immediate epicentral region, was felt in north-eastern Afghanistan as well as in parts of northern Pakistan and north India. In Pakistan, it was felt strongly in parts of the NWFP including at Shangla where people ran outdoors in panic. It was also at Abbottabad, Chitral, Malakand Agency, Mingaora, in the capital, Islamabad, as well as in parts of central Punjab Province including Lahore. It was also felt at Muzaffarabad in the disputed Kashmir Himalayas. In neighbouring India, tremors were felt distinctly at Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir, where doors and windows rattled under the impact of the earthquake. It was also perceptible in the Lahual Valley in Himachal Pradesh.

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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