Powerful Earthquakes in Afghanistan have killed more than 2,000 people. and more than 9,000 people were injured, the Taliban administration said Sunday, in the deadliest tremors in years in the earthquake-prone country.
Surrounded by mountains, Afghanistan has a long history of strong earthquakes, many of them in the rugged Hindu Kush region bordering Pakistan. The death toll often rises when remote locations are attacked, and decades of war have left infrastructure in ruins, making relief and rescue operations difficult.
Here is a list of Afghan earthquakes from the last three decades:
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the sparsely populated northeastern province of Badakhshan, 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of the village of Jurm, killing at least 13 people in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan.
KUNAR, September 2022
As Afghanistan recovered from strong earthquakes three months earlier, tremors hit Kunar province in September, killing eight people.
PAKTIKA, June 2022
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake killed 1,036 people in the eastern province of Paktika, caused widespread damage and forced Afghanistan to ask for international help.
HINDU KUSH, 2015
A magnitude 7.5 earthquake, one of the largest recorded in Afghanistan’s history, killed 399 people in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan and India.
Hindu Kush, 2002
In March 2002, two earthquakes in the Hindu Kush killed a total of 1,100 people.
Hindu Kush, 1991
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An earthquake in the Hindu Kush killed 848 people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Soviet Union.
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake on the border of Afghanistan and Iran killed more than 1,500 people in both countries and destroyed more than 10,000 homes.
TAKHAR, February-May 1998
An earthquake in the remote northeastern province of Takhar killed at least 2,300 people, with some estimates as high as 4,000. Three months later, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in the same region killed 4,700 people.