Second Earthquake Strikes Afghanistan, Adding to Recent Devastation


Western Afghanistan gets hit by another quake

Two big earthquakes caused a lot of damage in western Afghanistan just a few days ago. Now, on Wednesday at around 5:10 local time (00:40 GMT), a 6.3 magnitude earthquake caused even more damage in the area. The epicentre of the earthquake is 28 km (17 miles) north of Herat. This adds to the problems in a town that is already dealing with the effects of recent disasters.

Long-Term Effects and Damage

More than 100 people have hurt in the new earthquake, and they rushed to hospitals. That being said, the full effects are still being felt. A lot of people were already sleeping outside because they had lost their homes in the earlier earthquakes. A lack of basic things like blankets and food makes the situation even worse, making it harder for help groups that are already working hard in the area.

Reports from eyewitnesses

People who were in downtown Herat and saw the panic that broke out as the ground shook have told horrifying stories. One neighbour talked about her own experience, saying that she hadn’t slept in days and that the earthquake woke her up in the deepest sleep. People are in a lot of fear and feel like they are close to dying, which shows how serious the situation is and how hard it is on their minds.

Crisis Still Going on from Past Quakes

Zindajan is a country area about 40 km from Herat that hit by several earthquakes, the worst of which happened on Saturday. Pictures from the towns that hit show scenes of destruction, with whole houses turned into ruins. Since then, many people have left without a place to stay, which makes things even harder for help groups that are already working at full capacity. As soon as possible, people are working to get those harmed temporary housing, medical help, and basic supplies.

A lot of earthquakes in Afghanistan

The fact that Afghanistan is prone to earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, shows how dangerous the area is. Seismic action happens often in this area because it is close to where the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates meet. The regularity of earthquakes makes it clear how important it is to always be ready and have quick reaction plans to lessen the damage to communities. Building stronger infrastructure, teaching people how to be ready for earthquakes, and making sure there are strong emergency response systems are all very important for making sure the safety and well-being of people who live in areas that are prone to earthquakes.

The recent string of earthquakes shows how important it is to take both short-term steps to help people and long-term steps to make communities stronger so that future earthquakes have less of an effect. It is very important for local and foreign organisations to work together to deal with the many problems that natural disasters cause and to make the recovery and rebuilding process go more smoothly.