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Heavy but deep earthquake rattles Afghanistan

Mountains of Afghanistan

Hindukush mountains - Image via Wikipedia

Earthquake Report comment :
A heavy earthquake of Magnitude 6.3 hit the Hindukush mountains in Afghanistan. The earthquake occurred around midnight (23:51 or 11:51 PM).
The hypocenter was at a depth of approx. 200 km.
The greater epicenter area is located in the border area between Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
People in a very wide area must have felt the earthquake, but we expect a max. of IV Mercalli = light shaking.
Though a lot of NATO personnel must have felt the earthquake, almost nobody has left a FELT message at USGS or at our QuakeSOS iPhone app. so far  which confirms our estimate of the power.
GDACS has issued an ORANGE earthquake alert = moderate chance on damage or injuries, but Earthquake Report thinks that Orange is a little overstated.
Afghanistan villages are very vulnerable for shallow earthquakes, but the depth (if confirmed) would almost certainly wipe out the danger.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude :Mw 6.3
Friday, September 17, 2010 at 11:51:13 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 199 km
Geo-location(s) :
75 km (45 miles) SSE of Faizabad, Afghanistan
115 km (70 miles) NW of Chitral, Pakistan
130 km (80 miles) SSW of Khorugh, Tajikistan
265 km (165 miles) NE of KABUL, Afghanistan

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Pager map
GDACS ORANGE Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world. GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

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