Western Afghanistan has experienced another earthquake, following two major quakes that recently resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 individuals. This 6.3 magnitude tremor occurred north of Herat early on Wednesday, leading to at least one fatality and over 100 injuries. Given the devastation from the earlier quakes, many residents had already been sleeping outdoors, and the broader implications of this latest seismic event remain uncertain.
- The most recent earthquake had a magnitude of 6.3 and struck 28km north of Herat, resulting in at least one death and injuring more than 100 people.
- Over 90% of the casualties from the earthquakes that occurred earlier in the week were women and children, according to Unicef.
- Due to the destruction caused by the previous quakes, many locals were already sleeping outside when the latest tremor hit.
- The Herat province has experienced significant infrastructural damage, including disruptions in phone and power services, and there is a noted shortage of essential supplies like food and blankets.
- Afghanistan’s location near the convergence of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, makes it prone to frequent earthquakes.