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M5.8 Sar Ab (Hindukush) Earthquake, 2008


29 December 2009


S of Sar Ab, Afghanistan


03:37:42 UTC (07:37:42 AT)  


36.337 N (NEIC)


71.008 E (NEIC)


119 kms (NEIC)


Mw 5.8 (NEIC; HRV)

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A moderate earthquake (M5.0-5.9 termed as "moderate") occurred in the Hindukush Mountains in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, on 29 December 2008 at 07:37 AM local time in Afghanistan. It had a magnitude of Mw=5.8 and was felt in north-east Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, parts of north India and in Tajikistan.

This earthquake was followed by a Mw=6.6 earthquake on 4 January 2009 and a Mw=5.7 earthquake on 5 January. One death occurred in the event on 4 January 2009.

The earthquake was centr
ed 14.3 kms S of Sar Ab (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
25.5 kms NE of Sarsang (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
29 kms SE of Ghowryad-e Gharemi (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
38.7 kms NW of Dung Gushten (NWFP), Pakistan,
75.3 kms NW of Chitral (NWFP), Pakistan,
85.7 kms SSE of Faizabad (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
277 kms NNW of Peshawar (NWFP), Pakistan,
278 kms NE of Kabul (Kabol), Afghanistan,
355 kms NNW of Islamabad (NCT), Pakistan,
430 kms Nw of Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), India.

If you felt this earthquake, please take the time to fill out a felt report questionnaire.

This earthquake caused minor damage to buildings in the Mansehra and Shangla areas of northern Pakistan. Elsewhere it was felt at Abbottabad, Attock, Chitral, Dargai Sakhakot, Dir, Islamabad, Khyber Agency, Kurram Agency, Malakand, Mansehra, Parachinar, Rawalpindi, Swat, Takhtbai as well as in south Waziristan and other parts of the Tribals Areas. Tremors were felt in the Kashmir Himalayas at Gilgit, Hazara and Muzaffarabad. There was some panic at Balakot, Battagram and Muzaffarabad as a result of the earthquake and people ran outdoors reciting prayers. The earthquake was also felt in different parts of the Kashmir Valley in Jammu & Kashmir, India as well as at Fezyabad & Kabul in Afghanistan and at Khorog in Tajikistan.

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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