Two relatively powerful earthquakes have been reported by local sources in the provinces of Paktika, Paktia, Logar, and Badakhshan. In the Gayan district of Paktika province, which was already severely damaged by the earthquake on June 22nd, reports of damages include the demolition of several homes and the injury of many people.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), two seismic events struck northeastern and southeastern Afghanistan around one hour apart on Monday, July 18th.
The USGS reports that the earthquake that jolted southeast Afghanistan had a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter Scale and occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers in Khost province.
The second earthquake hit Badakhshan province in northeastern Afghanistan. Its strength was 4.3 on the Richter scale, and its epicenter was in the Jurm district of Badakhshan province.
The southeast earthquake in Paktika’s Gayan district injured at least ten people, according to the provincial governor’s office, which also stated that many houses damaged in the previous earthquake were destroyed and teams were dispatched to the site.
Prior to this, a magnitude-6 earthquake in southeast Afghanistan that struck a rural region and rendered the inhabitants homeless caused at least 1150 deaths, more than 1,500 injuries, and the destruction of more than 10,000 homes and other structures.
Afghanistan recently experienced an earthquake of a high magnitude that was its deadliest in 20 years, leaving it in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, especially with the cash-strapped rebellion-turned-politician Taliban ruling the country.