April 2009 Afghanistan earthquake

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2009 Afghanistan earthquake
April 2009 Afghanistan earthquake is located in Afghanistan
April 2009 Afghanistan earthquake
UTC timeDoublet earthquake:    
 2009-04-16 21:27:51
 2009-04-16 23:42:51
ISC eventn/a
Local dateApril 17
Local time 
 5.2 Mwc[1]
 5.1 Mwb[2]
Depth5.9 km (3.7 mi)[3]
4.0 km (2.5 mi)[4]
Epicenter34°11′N 70°05′E / 34.19°N 70.08°E / 34.19; 70.08Coordinates: 34°11′N 70°05′E / 34.19°N 70.08°E / 34.19; 70.08[5]
Areas affectedAfghanistan
Max. intensityV (Moderate) [6]
Casualties19 dead [7]
51 injured [8]

The 2009 Afghanistan earthquake was a dip-slip doublet earthquake occurred in eastern Afghanistan, with an initial shock of magnitude of 5.2 Mw  at 01:57:51 April 17 local time, with a second shock of 5.1 Mw  occurring several hours later. The maximum Mercalli intensity was V (Moderate).


The quakes struck a remote area about 50 miles (90 km) east of Kabul near the Pakistan border. A government representative told AP News that the quakes destroyed 200 mud homes in four villages that had damage that was described as serious.[9]

See also[edit]



  • ANSS. "Afghanistan 2009a". Comprehensive Catalog. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  • ANSS. "Afghanistan 2009b". Comprehensive Catalog. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  • BBC (April 17, 2009). "Deadly quakes strike Afghanistan". BBC.
  • National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS) (1972), Significant Earthquake Database (Data Set), National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K.