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Afghanistan Hit by Third Earthquake in a Week

Afghanistan earthquake

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck Afghanistan, the country’s third in a week.


Thousands of people were killed and entire communities were leveled more than a week ago by powerful earthquakes and their aftershocks. According to the USGS, the earthquake struck at 03:36 GMT, 33 kilometres (20 miles) from Herat City, the name-brand province’s capital in western Afghanistan.

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An estimated 1,300 people have died as a result of this earthquake which added to the instability in a nation already struggling with conflict and economic collapse.

On October 7, an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 and eight strong aftershocks rocked the same area of Herat, upending large numbers of rural dwellings and leaving over 1,000 people dead and hundreds more injured.

Earthquake in Afghanistan
Afghanistan was affected by three earthquakes in a row. Photo: AP

Another tremor of the same severity occurred days later, killing one person and injuring 130 others, leaving thousands of scared citizens without shelter and volunteers searching for survivors. According to UNICEF, women and children made up more than 90% of those killed in the earthquakes.

The Taliban stated that nearly 2,000 homes in 20 villages were destroyed and that there is only one government-run hospital in the area affected by the quakes, where they claimed thousands had been killed and injured.

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To help individuals impacted by the earthquake, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) quickly sent out emergency relief teams. These teams are supplying medical aid, tents, and other necessities like blankets. The IOM is said to be working relentlessly to secure access to clean water and to reduce the risk of disease outbreaks, which is a common danger after such disasters, in addition to providing physical aid.


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