Editorial Staff
5 months ago

Editorial Staff
5 months ago

Earthquake kill over 2,000 in Afghanistan

Afghan men search for victims after an earthquake in Zenda Jan district in Herat province, of western Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023. Powerful earthquakes killed at least 2,000 people in western Afghanistan, a Taliban government spokesman said Sunday. It’s one of the deadliest earthquakes to strike the country in two decades. (AP Photo/Omid Haqjoo)

A devastating earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale has recently hit a densely populated area near Herat, Afghanistan’s fourth largest city.

The earthquake, which struck on Saturday, has claimed the lives of at least 2,000 people, according to a spokesperson for the Taliban government.

This makes it one of the deadliest earthquakes to have hit Afghanistan in the past two decades.

The figures provided by the spokesperson have not been independently verified, but if true, the death toll would exceed that of the eastern Afghanistan earthquake that occurred in June 2022, which killed at least 1,000 people.

The US Geological Survey has reported that the epicentre of the earthquake was located approximately 40 kilometres northwest of Herat city and was followed by several strong aftershocks, including one measuring 6.3, one measuring 5.9, and one measuring 5.5, as well as several weaker aftershocks.

On Sunday, people tried to rescue the dead and injured in Herat, climbing over debris and rocks. Survivors and victims were trapped under collapsed buildings, covered in dust.

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    Jesus is coming soon prepare to meet thy God, we are living in the last days where earthquake are happening in different parts of the world one of the prophecy in the Bible fulfilling right before our eyes, take warning and give your life to Jesus before its to late.

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