earthquake (M6.0-6.9 termed as "strong") occurred
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 centred
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
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
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.