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24.04.2013 Earthquake Afghanistan Province of Nangarhar, [About 25 kilometers northwest of Jalalabad] Damage level
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Earthquake in Afghanistan on Wednesday, 24 April, 2013 at 19:00 (07:00 PM) UTC.

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At least 13 people have been killed and 105 more sustained injuries in a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that rattled Afghanistan, with strong tremors felt in neighboring Pakistan. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Wednesday quake struck at a depth of 65 kilometers (40 miles), some 25 kilometers northwest of Jalalabad in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, close to the Pakistani border. Pakistan’s meteorological office put the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.2. On April 4, an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale jolted parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The epicenter of the quake was on the Afghan-Tajikistan border at a depth of 225 kilometers (140 miles), Pakistani meteorological officials said. The quake also hit northwestern Pakistan, Islamabad and parts of Pakistan’s central province of Punjab. The worst earthquake to hit Afghanistan in recent years occurred on May 30, 1998, when a quake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale struck Takhar and Badakhshan provinces. Between 4,000 and 4,500 people died in the tremor.

5.6 17km S of Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan 2013-04-24 09:25:29 34.517°N 70.207°E 62.1

M5.6 – 17km S of Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan 2013-04-24 09:25:29 UTC

Earthquake location 34.517°N, 70.207°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-24 09:25:29 UTC
  2. 2013-04-24 13:55:29 UTC+04:30 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-24 04:25:29 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

34.517°N 70.207°E depth=62.1km (38.6mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 17km (11mi) S of Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan
  2. 24km (15mi) WNW of Jalalabad, Afghanistan
  3. 63km (39mi) NW of Markaz-e Woluswali-ye Achin, Afghanistan
  4. 64km (40mi) NE of Hukumati Azrow, Afghanistan
  5. 95km (59mi) E of Kabul, Afghanistan

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9 NATO oil tankers torched in eastern Afghanistan

Firefighters extinguish burning NATO supply oil tankers and goods trucks at a terminal following a bomb attack in Afghanistan (file photo).

Firefighters extinguish burning NATO supply oil tankers and goods trucks at a terminal following a bomb attack in Afghanistan (file photo).A policeman stands near burning NATO fuel tankers in Afghanistan. (File Photo)
Firefighters extinguish burning NATO supply oil tankers and goods trucks at a terminal following a bomb attack in Afghanistan (file photo).

The incident occurred on Sunday when a bomb planted in a fuel tanker detonated in a terminal near the airport, where NATO oil tankers were parked.

Jalalabad Airport, which is located five kilometers (three miles) southeast of Jalalabad, is currently used only for military purposes and is seen as the second largest US airbase in Afghanistan.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast, but such attacks are usually blamed on Taliban militants.

Taliban militants frequently attack trucks carrying supplies from Pakistan to the US-led forces deployed in Afghanistan. Pakistan is the cheapest way for the Western military alliance to dispatch supplies to the foreign forces in the landlocked country.

Militants in neighboring Pakistan have also destroyed hundreds of oil tankers and containers carrying fuel and other supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan.

The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country despite the presence of thousands of US-led soldiers.

The US-led war in Afghanistan, which has caused record-high civilian and military casualties, has become the longest military conflict in the American history.

MAS/MAM/PKH

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