Afghanistan - Earthquake OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2001/0048
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Afghanistan - Earthquake
25 February 2001

1. An earthquake struck Badakhshan, north-eastern Afghanistan at 6:52 a.m. local time (0222 GMT) on 25 February 2001. The Swiss Seismological Centre and the United States Geological Survey computed a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter Scale with a depth of 200 Km, for this earthquake. Other sources recorded a higher magnitude. The epicentre of the earthquake is located at latitude 36.4 N and longitude 70.9 E, approximately 70 Km south of Faizabad.

2. According to initial reports from media as well as the United Nations Office in Faizabad there are no reports of casualties and damage so far. However, this does not mean that damage and casualties can be ruled out. There are some remote districts, which take people several days to get news out.

3. In 1998 the Afghan provinces of Takhar and Badakhshan were hit by two severe earthquakes which killed about 7,000 people.

4. OCHA is in close touch with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan (UNOCHA) and has contacted the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan and will revert with further information if the situation warrants it.

5. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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