Afghanistan rocked by: Monster magnitude 6.1 earthquake – fears of widespread damage

June 22, 2022

Afghanistan has been rocked by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake, with early reports pointing to Gardez, the capital of the Paktia Province, as the epicentre of the tremor.

Preliminary information shows the quake struck southeast Gardez, just over 100kilometres from the capital Kabul, at 1:56am PST (Pakistan Standard Time) or 9:56 pm BST on Wednesday. The tremor is thought to have hit several cities in Pakistan, including Islamabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Kohat, too.

It occurred at a depth of 51km, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Shaking was felt over a range of some 500km by about 119million people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said in a tweet.

There were no immediate reports of damage or deaths.

USGS has claimed earthquakes and active faults near the Afghan-Pakistan border are the result of the India plate moving northward at a rate of around 1.6inches per year and collisions with the Eurasia plate.