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M6.1 Saraw (Hindukush) Earthquake, 2009


23 October 2009 *local time*


SSE of Saraw, Afghanistan


19:51:28 UTC (00:21:28 AT)  


36.394 N (NEIC)


70.963 E (NEIC)


132 kms (NEIC)


Mw 6.1 (NEIC, HRV)

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A strong earthquake (M6.0-6.9 termed as "strong") occurred in the Hindukush Mountains in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, on 23 October 2009 at 00:21 AM local time in Afghanistan. It had a magnitude of Mw=6.1 and was widely felt in eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and parts of north India causing some damage as well as fatalities in the region.

This earthquake was followed within a week on 29 October 2009 by a slightly stronger a Mw=6.2 earthquake in the immediate epicentral region.

The earthquake was centr
ed 8.2 kms SSE of Saraw (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
21.7 kms SE of Ghowryad Gharemi (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
40 kms SSE of Farghamiru (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
69 kms SW of Iskashem, Tajikistan,
82 kms NW of Chitral (NWFP), Pakistan,
88.6 kms SSE of Faizabad (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
266 kms NE of Kabul (Kabol), Afghanistan,
354 kms NW of Islamabad (NCT), Pakistan,
1044 kms NW of Connaught Place (Delhi), India.

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At least five deaths were reported as a result of this earthquake. Three people were killed and five injured in landslides in the Mirpur district in the Kashmir Himalayas. Two persons also died of cardiac arrest in the region. Five people were injured at Dir and Swat in the N.W.F.P.

Minor damage was reported from Dir and Swat in the N.W.F.P. while at Peshawar, some buildings developed hairline cracks. This earthquake was felt strongly in parts of northern Pakistan including at Abbottabad, Chitral, Hangu, Haripur, Islamabad, Kohat, Lahore, Mardan, Rawalpindi and Peshawar where people ran outdoors in panic. It was also felt at Attock, Bahawalpur, Buner, Darra Adam Khel, Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Gujjar Khan, Gujranwala, Jhang Maghiana, Khyber Agency, Malakand, Mansehra, Mardan, Mianwali, Murree, Nowshera, Okara, Rajanpur, Sargodha, Sialkot, Shangla and Swat. Shocks were also perceptable as far south as Sukkur in northern Sindh. Tremors were felt in parts of Balochistan and at Bagh, Gilgit, Kotli, Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot in the Kashmir Himalayas. In Afghanistan, tremors were felt throughout the eastern part of the country as well as in Kabul where people were woken up and the power supply was disrupted. It was also strong in the provinces of Baghlan and Konduz while at Faizabad, in Badakhshan province, many people ran outdoors. In India, tremors were felt at Gurgaon in Haryana, at Bathinda, Ludhiana, Mohali, Muktsar and Phagwara in Punjab, at Jaipur and Sriganganagar in Rajasthan, at Greater Noida and Noida in Uttar Pradesh as well as in Chandigarh and Delhi. In Jammu & Kashmir, there was panic at Karnah and Uri while in Srinagar, people ran outdoors in fear and doors & windows rattled. In Himachal Pradesh's Lahual Valley in the Lahaul & Spiti district, some people ran outdoors and sounded drums to alert others. No damage or casualties have been reported from any parts of Afghanistan or India.

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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