South Asia: Earthquake Hindukush region situation report - 13 Dec 2005

from UN Development Programme
Published on 13 Dec 2005
A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.8 occurred in the early hour of 13th December 2005 at 03:27:46 IST (local time) with its epicenter located in Hindukush Mountains region i.e northeast of Kabul in Afghanistan. No significant damage or loss of life/property has been reported as yet. However there are reports about landslides near to the epicenter region and in northern Pakistan

The quake was strong enough to be felt in neighbouring areas of Balakot, Gilgit, Kaghan, Mansehra, Muzaffarabad, Peshawar & Swat Peshawar and Islamabad situated 340 kilometers in Pakistan away from the epicenter. The quake triggered panic among survivors of October's devastating earthquake in Muzaffarabad. The residence came out from their temporary shelters. This was the strongest tremor felt since 8th October.

In India the tremors were felt in several parts of Kashmir Valley in Jammu & Kashmir and also in northern parts in Chandigarh and New Delhi.

Epicentre Details

Latitude: 36.252 N

Longitude: 71.097 E

Depth: 217.0 kms

Source: GS-NEIC

Preliminary Location

8.2 kms WSW of Sanglich (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,

19.3 kms NW of Dorah Pass, Pakistan-Afghanistan border,

41.6 kms SE of Ghowrayd-e Gharami (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,

64.2 kms WNW of Chitral (N.W.F.P.), Pakistan,

259 kms NE of Kabul (Kabol), Afghanistan,

344 kms NW of Rawalpindi (FCR), Pakistan,

1021 kms NW of Defence Colony (Delhi), India


- U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center

- Indian Meteorological Department (IMD)

- ASC India

For Further Information:

G Padmanabhan

Emergency Analyst, UNDP


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