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M6.6 Gawhar (Hindukush) Earthquake, 2009


3 January 2009


S of Gawhar, Afghanistan


20:22:23 UTC (00:52:23 AT)  


36.402 N (NEIC)


70.745 E (NEIC)


220 kms (NEIC)


Mw=6.6 (HRV), Mb 5.9 (NEIC)

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A strong earthquake (M6.0-6.9 termed as "moderate") occurred in the Hindukush Mountains in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, on 4 January 2009 at 00:52 AM local time in Afghanistan. It had a magnitude of Mw=6.6 and was felt in north-east Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and parts of north India as well as resulting in 1 death and 5 injuries in the N.W.F.P.

This earthquake was preceeded by a Mw=5.8 earthquake on 29 December 2008 and followed by a Mw=5.7 earthquake on 5 January. One death occurred in the event on 4 January 2009.

The earthquake was centr
ed 1.6 kms S of Gawhar (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
14.4 kms WSW of Ghowryad-e Gharemi (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
23 kms SW of Sar Ab (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
60.7 kms NW of Dung Gushten (NWFP), Pakistan,
82.1 kms SSE of Faizabad (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
99 kms NW of Chitral (NWFP), Pakistan,
255 kms NNW of Peshawar (NWFP), Pakistan,
258 kms NE of Kabul (Kabol), Afghanistan,
365 kms NNW of Islamabad (NCT), Pakistan,
450 kms Nw of Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), India.

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An elderly woman died of cardiac arrest at Maday Baba village in Takhtbahi tehsil in Mardan district. Two people were injured when roofs collapsed at Lund Khwar and Mayar villages in Mardan district. At least 3 people were hospitalized at Peshawar  in the N.W.F.P. for shock.

This earthquake has been strongly felt in much of northern Pakistan sending people running outdoors despite heavy rain at Abbottabad, Bhera, Buner, Chitral, Dawood Khel, Dir, Faisalabad, Hangu, Islamabad, Kohat, Kurrum Agency,
Lahore, Mansehra, Mardan, Parachinar, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Swat. It was also felt strongly in the disputed Kashmir Himalayas at Bagh, Chikoti, Gahri Dupatta, Gilgit, Hattian Bala, Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot where people ran outdoors despite heavy snowfall.

This earthquake was felt for nearly a minute at Kabul and was also perceived at Fezyabad in Afghanistan. Tremors were also felt in parts of northern India including at Bhadarwah, Kishtwar and Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir. In the Kashmir Valley, doors and windows of buildings were heard rattling and people went outdoors. Mild tremors were also felt at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh and even as far as Delhi.

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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