Deep earthquake near the Afghanistan/Tajikistan border kills 2 people and injures more than 100

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Important update 09:47 UTC : Sadly enough, we have to tell you also that 1 person lost his life in India and 1 in Pakistan - The overall number of injured is 115 so far.

Update 09:32 UTC : Afghanistan damage : A dozen of wounded people were brought to the Jalalabad Civil Hospital after the temblor, the governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News. Ten of the injured were discharged from hospital after being administered first medical aid while the remaining two were admitted, he said, adding most of the wounded were students. In a later message the Afghanistan authorities reported that approx. 200 houses were damaged slightly or severely. (Read the full article here)

Damage and treatment of the injured in Afghanistan - image courtesy and copyright Pajhwok.com

Damage and treatment of the injured in Afghanistan - image courtesy and copyright Pajhwok.com

Update 22:07 UTC : First reports from Pakistan are mentioning that in Pashawar an unspecified number of old houses either collapsed or were damaged. 41 people were taken to hospitals in the city. 18 inhabitants of Swat were also treated for injuries.

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Update 19:59 UTC : As the epicenter of this earthquake is located in a remote region, it will take at least until daylight before we will be able to get some more information. We will keep you updated

Update 19:42 UTC : The population in a radius of 75 km around the epicenter is 290.000

Update 19:29 UTC :  Due to the deep hypocenter ER does not expect a lot of direct shaking damage. There is however a very big risk on secundary damage like landslides. Landslides are also often the reason that houses and people are buried below huge amounts of earth. Let's hope that this will not be the case this time.

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40km (25mi) WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan
47km (29mi) SE of Jarm, Afghanistan
48km (30mi) WSW of Ishkashim, Tajikistan
83km (52mi) SE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan
283km (176mi) NE of Kabul, Afghanistan

275 km N of Peshāwar, Pakistan / pop: 1,218,773 / local time: 00:14:46.7 2015-12-26
95 km SE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan / pop: 44,421 / local time: 23:44:46.7 2015-12-25
39 km SW of Ishqoshim, Tajikistan / pop: 26,000 / local time: 00:14:46.7 2015-12-26

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-12-25 23:44:46

GMT/UTC Time : 2015-12-25 19:14:46

Depth (Hypocenter) : 204 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Ashkasham, Afghanistan Dec 25 19:14 6.3 203 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Muzaffarabad, Pakistan - First pulse lasting ~ 5 seconds, slight pause followed by second stronger pulse lasting <10 seconds. No damage
  • EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan Dec 25 19:14 6.2 200 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Kabul - Started slow, hit a strong shock for about 5 sec. No damage Alhamdullellah.
  • mzd - xhccvvvvvv
  • Noida - Fans and building shook at 0100h 26 Dec 15 IST
  • Mountville, Pa - Felt a vibration that slowly moved from one sofa to another sofa in the same room. Had everyone thinking a vibrating toy/gift turned on and we all started to look to see what was making the shaking feeling.
  • noida - The shaking lasted for 10 seconds around 1 am morning today and the experience was frightening
  • agrikalan kashmir - I was in mid sleep I see my shaking I wake up and I see everyone in terror
  • Dushanbe - No damage
  • kohat/bahaderkot - It was strong enough to damage...first shocks were slow but after 10 seconds like that I felt strong shocks....as the fan was shaking and I heard the room window shake voice...than suddenly I woke up from bed and run away form room...
  • Srinagar J&K - I had just slep 18 minutes before I felt earthquake at 12:47 am
  • Wah - Freaked us our!
  • Lahore - Very Shocking
  • Phagwara - I was watching tv and i felt a shake we went outside and rushed to the u.s embassy because we thought it was a big earth quake but it was not .our hotel room broke everything fell down i also recordedit
  • GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region Dec 25 19:14 6.3 204 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • dushanbe - no damage, very light and very short
  • Kabul - 1916 UTC the whole building shook twice very strongly
  • Rawalpindi - I felt scared
  • New Delhi - no damage
  • Kashmir - About 12.45 am local time in kashmir , india
  • Chandigarh - Was sleeping, was woken up by the need shaking and the railing of the steps and the fans were shaking too
  • chitral - it was enough dangerous
  • Туркменабат - Было легкое покачивание! Чувствительно на 4м этаже!
  • Dushanbe - Lasted maybe 3 minutes
  • kharian - lying on bed suddenly windows started shaking. my heart beat risen also, I think heart beat rising due to gravitational disbalance.
  • rawalpindi - no damage
  • Chandigarh - It was shaking
  • gurgaon - Took place 5mins before at around 00:55hrs IST
  • Rawalpindi - Bed and walls felt like they were shaking very strongly
  • noida - bed shaking
  • Gurgaon - no damage ...ceiling fan starts shaking
  • Mohali - Felt earthquake
  • faislabad - my prayer with our planet and every individual
  • Kabul - A rather strong shake in Kabul was felt today (25.12.2015)
  • Islamabad - Sleeping in bed when suddenly felt a big earthquake. Lasted for a relatively shirt period of time.
  • Delhi - Was sitting down; felt my chair shake a little for a couple of minutes
  • Mankera Bhakkar - Very strong shaking but no damage
  • islamabad - It forced me to wake up from my bed 😊
  • Самарканд - Было очень страшно!!!
  • Kabul - 2 shocks approx. a minute apart
  • Dushanbe, Tajikistan - For me it was ok. I was alone and just protect my tv. Some people went to the street.
  • Khujand - The whole house started shaking, and it lasted for quite a while. No damage occurred
  • Chandigarh - Moderate shaking. No damage
  • jhang - i have felt strong after shock at 12:16 to 12:18 am while i was sleeping but no damage has been done here
  • Ludhiana - Bad
  • Гулистан - Ничего не повреждено, просто была будто взрывная волна
  • Bagram - no damage, strong shaking, lasted more than 3 minutes.
  • Delhi - Wake up from the sleep
  • delhi - Was confusing
  • Gurgaon - i saw curtain shaking
  • Parwan - no damage
  • SURAJMAL vihar - Earthquake in Delhi..
  • mohali,punjab - was sitting on bed and watching movie on my laptop..suddenly i felt my back vibrated for few seconds on its own..vibration was mild but enough to feel
  • Lahore - From bed to road in 3 seconds.
  • jhelum - nil reported
  • Himachal pradesh - No damage....moderate tremors
  • Bagram - Wasn't near as bad as the one in October!
  • New Delhi - No damage.
  • Kabul - I was a sleep
  • london - it was goo
  • Tashkent - No damage
  • Delhi - At around 12:49 PM (24:49)... the shaking began and continued for 4 minutes.
  • mandi bahauddin - no my property is not damaged .all of us are safe by the grace of God.and i dont know about any damage yet
  • punjab - no damage
  • Indian Administered Kashmir - Whole city got out into the streets at 12:48 am. Outside temperature -4c.
  • amritsar - No damage but very heavy
  • Ташкент - В 22: 20 время московское (местное 0:20) ощутился вертикальный толчок, потом горизонтальный, направление волны с востока на запад, мебель скрипела, пол ходил под ногами, прижались к усиленному сейсмопоясом дв.проему чувствовалось как вибрировала толстенная стена.
  • Wah Cantt. - Extremely strong shaking. The earthquake lasted for about a minute. I do hope and pray that id did not cause any damage to life.
  • Islamabad - Fans shook furniture shook. No damage seen as night damage seen
  • Lahore - It was after 11:50 on 25 DEC.
  • islamabad - horriffal experience
  • Lahore - Strong shaking of bed and rattling of windows woke me up. Duration was short and no aftershocks perhaps. No damage here
  • New Delhi - Though my building is quite resistant but it still was noticeable shaking
  • New Delhi - bed shook for a couple of mins!
  • New delhi - Was half asleep when felt my bed moving. .. have felt the tremors more than two times this year so was kinnda alert this time.... felt two three tremores one after the other.... n there it was in the news channel too.. Afghanistan being the epicentre ..I hope n pray that there are no casualitues ..
  • Tashkent - Было страшно
  • kabul - The Building was strongly shaking. small parts of plaster falling from slab and walls.
  • Faridkot - I felt it while i was sleeping anf i wokeup .the doors and walls and everything in tthe room were shaking.we were ready to run out of the room andd it stopped
  • Chandigarh - I heard creeching sounds from the wall and then I switched on the light and saw the ceiling fan shaking. It was horrible because I was on 4th floor.
  • Dushanbe - It was crazy one . Horrible, I think it was continued 1 min
  • Lahore - i was in washroom and i close my eyes
  • kanpur - The water in the bottlw was shaking
  • Kabul - It was horrific!
  • Jaipur - Woke up suddenly. Bed was shaking at about 12:55am. Next wave hit after about a minute. Woke everyone up.
  • Jalalabad - Shook the buildings almost a minute, roughest one I have experience to date.
  • Amritsar - It began at about 12:45 AM and lasted for about 4 minutes. I personally was asleep and woke up due to the noise of the window panes. The Windows were vibrating up to the extent that I could hear them for the 4minutes and the bed was also shaking. There wasn't any damage as such.
  • Kabul - One minor shake woke me up then a secondary was much stronger and lasted under 10 seconds.
  • Dushanbe - I was laying awake in the bed at midnight. It started with several weak shakings over several seconds. While I was still deciding what to do, I heard the neighbours already running down the staircase. I live in a 4 storey sovjet block building. Suddenly there was a strong sidward shake. Immediately I got up an ran to the doorframe. The building shook for a few more seconds. Then everything went quiet again. As far as I can tell, no damage in my surrounding. No household goods fell on the floor.
  • Doushanbe - Belles secousse dans un immeuble au huitième étage, assez surperenant.
  • EMSC Pakistan Dec 25 19:14 6.4 200 MAP I Felt It
  • Rawalpindi - We ran out of home, thanks god, no damage
  • Lahore - I felt strong shaking,ran out of room immedatly.
  • ISLAMABAD - Very very scary especially the kids got frightened.
  • Ташкент - Тряхонуло не страшно, но продолжительно

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    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.
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