2005 Hindu Kush earthquake

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2005 Hindu Kush earthquake
2005 Hindu Kush earthquake is located in Afghanistan
2005 Hindu Kush earthquake
Date December 12, 2005 (2005-12-12)
Origin time 21:47 UTC [1]
Magnitude 6.5 Mw [1]
Depth 224 km (139 mi) [1]
Epicenter 36°17′N 71°07′E / 36.28°N 71.11°E / 36.28; 71.11 [1]
Areas affected Afghanistan
Max. intensity VI (Strong)
Casualties 5 dead [1]
1 injured [1]

The 2005 Hindu Kush earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan with a magnitude of 6.5 on December 12 at 21:47 (UTC). According to the United States Geological Survey's ShakeMap and Did You Feel It? products, the maximum Mercalli intensity was VI (Strong) at Chitral. Five people were killed in the Hindu Kush region and landslides blocked several roads near Bagh, Kashmir.[2] The earthquake occurred some 65 miles away from Faizabad, a city in the Hindu Kush mountains,[3] but it could be felt in many neighboring areas.[4] It could even be felt about 200 miles away in Islamabad, Pakistan.[3] The quake was strong enough to trigger panic among survivors of October's devastating earthquake, who came out from their makeshift shelters in freezing temperatures.[5] Although magnitude-6 earthquakes typically cause severe damage, this quake caused relatively little due to the fact that it occurred deep underground (about 140 miles).[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f USGS (September 4, 2009), PAGER-CAT Earthquake Catalog, Version 2008_06.1, United States Geological Survey 
  2. ^ Significant Earthquakes of the World
  3. ^ a b c "Earthquake Shakes Afghan-Pakistani Border | Fox News". Fox News. 2005-12-12. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  4. ^ "South Asia: Earthquake Hindukush region situation report - 13 Dec 2005". ReliefWeb. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  5. ^ Brumfiel, Geoff (March 2, 2006). "Seismology: Shaking the foundations". Nature. 440 (7080): 16–8. Bibcode:2006Natur.440...16B. doi:10.1038/440016a. PMID 16511464. 

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