What do we know about the two powerful earthquakes that hit Afghanistan?

During the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, the inhabitants of the province of Paktika, an isolated and mountainous Afghan region bordering Pakistan, were awakened by two strong earthquakes. earth. These earthquakes of magnitude 5.9 and 4.5 occurred almost simultaneously, in the same place.

Their home is located about ten kilometers deep, which explains the significant damage suffered by the region. Unfortunately, the fragile buildings did not resist the violent tremors and collapsed on their inhabitants. Since Wednesday, June 22, 2022, the number of deaths has continued to increase. It is currently over a thousand.

Rescuers are doing what they can in this rural, poor and difficult to access region, but unfortunately there are not enough of them to quickly evacuate the many wounded who have to be transported by helicopter.

The earthquake was felt until Kabulthe capital located 200 km away, but also in neighboring Pakistan where no casualties have been recorded.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in this region of the world which undergoes intense deformation linked to the collision between the Indian plate and the Eurasian plate, the same one which gave birth in the Himalayas. The high mortality is mainly due to the fragility of the buildings which are unable to withstand earthquakes of magnitude mean.

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