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M5.7 Nalwij (Hindukush) Earthquake, 2009


4 January 2009


SE of Nalwij, Afghanistan


23:12:59 UTC (03:42:59 AT)  


36.491 N (NEIC)


70.879 E (NEIC)


192 kms (NEIC)


Mw 5.7 (HRV), 5.6 (NEIC)

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A moderate earthquake (M5.0-5.9 termed as "moderate") occurred in the Hindukush Mountains in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, on 5 January 2009 at 03:42 AM local time in Afghanistan. It had a magnitude of Mw=5.7 and was widely felt in eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and parts of north India.

This earthquake was preceeded by a Mw=5.8 earthquake on 29 December 2008 and a Mw=6.6 earthquake on 4 January 2009. One death occurred in the event on 4 January 2009.

The earthquake was centr
ed 4.9 kms SE of Nalwij (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
8.7 kms ESE of Ghowryad-e Gharemi (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
11 kms WNW of Sar Ab (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
61.59.2 kms NW of Dung Gushten (NWFP), Pakistan,
76.1 kms SSE of Faizabad (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
94.1 kms NW of Chitral (NWFP), Pakistan,
270 kms NE of Kabul (Kabol), Afghanistan,
283 kms NNW of Peshawar (NWFP), Pakistan,
367 kms NNW of Islamabad (NCT), Pakistan,
446 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 has been felt strongly in parts of northern Pakistan. At Buner, Chitral, Digar, Hangu, Kohat, Peshawar and in other parts of the N.W.F.P. people ran outdoors in panic and began reciting prayers. Elsewhere, the quake was felt at Abbottabad, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Mansehra, Mirpur, Islamabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Swat. A power failure was experienced in some parts of Lahore as a result of the earthquake. It was also felt in the disputed Kashmir Himalayas including at Batgram and Gilgit. Tremors were also felt at Bhadarwah, Kisthwar as well as in parts of the Kashmir Valley in Jammu & Kashmir, India. At Srinagar it was strong enough to wake people up. In Tajikistan, this earthquake was felt at Dushanbe and at Khorogh.

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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