An earthquake of 5.1 M at a depth of 10 km occurred in eastern Afghanistan, near the border with north-western Pakistan, on 18 July at 12:22 UTC (16:52 local time). The epicentre was located in the Spera district (Khost province), approximately 10 km south-west of Spera town.
Media report, as of 20 July, 44 injured people and around 600 destroyed houses across the Spera district and the neighbouring Giya district (Paktika province).
On 21 June 2022, the same area has been affected by a 5.9 M earthquake that resulted in more than 1,000 fatalities.
In parallel, 2 hours before the earthquake in the Spera district, an earthquake of 4.8 M hit the province of Badakhshan, reportedly not causing damage. The epicentre was located in Eshkashem, at the entry of the Wakhan corridor.