Important historic earthquakes in Afghanistan

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Tagab, Afghanistan Jun 22 09:13 4.5 54 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southeastern Afghanistan Jun 22 09:13 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan Jun 22 09:13 4.7 80 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Ashkasham, Afghanistan Jun 22 04:10 4.9 194 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan Jun 22 04:10 4.9 200 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region Jun 22 04:10 4.7 183 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Ashkasham, Afghanistan Jun 21 15:00 4.5 89 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan Jun 21 15:00 4.5 90 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Jarm, Afghanistan Jun 21 10:57 4.2 243 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan Jun 21 10:57 4.1 234 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan Jun 21 10:57 4.1 228 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Jarm, Afghanistan Jun 17 03:00 4.1 154 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan Jun 15 20:33 4.2 140 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region Jun 15 20:33 4.4 102 MAP I Felt It
USGS Jarm, Afghanistan Jun 12 23:23 4.1 102 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS `alaqahdari-ye Kiran Wa Munjan, Afghanistan Jun 12 15:27 4.3 103 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region Jun 12 15:27 4.4 109 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region Jun 12 13:54 4.7 80 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Ashkasham, Afghanistan Jun 12 13:54 4.6 77 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan Jun 06 11:39 4.1 190 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan Jun 06 00:34 4.0 235 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region Jun 05 23:24 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region May 28 23:50 4.0 175 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region May 27 22:36 4.5 104 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region May 26 21:35 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Jarm, Afghanistan May 26 18:31 4.0 192 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Southeastern Afghanistan May 24 12:40 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Kabul - It was a jolt but strong enuogh.
  • USGS Pul-e `alam, Afghanistan May 24 12:40 3.7 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS `alaqahdari-ye Kiran Wa Munjan, Afghanistan May 23 14:37 4.3 86 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan May 23 14:37 4.3 87 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS `alaqahdari-ye Kiran Wa Munjan, Afghanistan May 21 05:33 4.0 107 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan May 21 05:33 4.0 100 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ashkasham, Afghanistan May 18 21:34 4.2 100 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan May 18 21:34 4.2 100 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region May 18 21:34 4.5 64 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan May 18 16:54 4.1 71 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Farkhar, Afghanistan May 18 10:26 4.7 212 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan May 18 10:26 4.7 206 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan May 18 10:26 4.7 209 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Southeastern Afghanistan May 17 16:19 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Central Afghanistan May 17 16:19 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Bagram air base - last a few seconds, enough to shake me in my bed
  • Kabul - This was the second of two earthquakes felt within an hour of each other and was stronger.
  • USGS Hukumati Azrow, Afghanistan May 17 16:19 4.6 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Pul-e `alam, Afghanistan May 17 15:05 4.3 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Central Afghanistan May 17 15:05 4.3 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ashkasham, Afghanistan May 16 18:13 4.2 181 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region May 16 18:13 4.2 174 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan May 16 18:13 4.2 175 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Jarm, Afghanistan May 14 08:40 4.3 190 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan May 14 08:40 4.1 186 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan May 14 08:40 4.2 182 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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