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Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - Khost, 47 km southwest of Khōst, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Jun 22, 2022 at 1:24 am (GMT +4:30) -

Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - Khost, 47 km southwest of Khōst, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Jun 22, 2022 at 1:24 am (GMT +4:30) Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - Khost, 47 km southwest of Khōst, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Jun 22, 2022 at 1:24 am (GMT +4:30)

Strong magnitude 5.9 earthquake at 10 km depth

21 Jun 20:58 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 4 minutes.
21 Jun 21:02: Now using data updates from GFZ
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21 Jun 21:50: Magnitude recalculated from 6.1 to 5.9. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 50.8 to 10.0 km (from 32 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2.3 km (1.4 mi) towards SW.
Update Wed, 22 Jun 2022, 07:24
Hundreds dead after powerful quake hits near Khost, Afghanistan, early this morning
Destruction of the quake in an area near Khost city (image: user-submitted)
Destruction of the quake in an area near Khost city (image: user-submitted)
The 5.9 magnitude quake that hit southeastern Afghanistan early this morning left at least 280 dead and more than 600 injured.
The earthquake's epicenter was approx. 40 km southwest of the provincial capital city of Khost. Its shallow depth only 6-10 km increased the shaking intensity in this area. As it occurred at 1.24 a.m. local time, it caught most people in their sleep. Near the epicenter, entire villages have been almost completely been leveled and the fatality number is likely to increase as search and rescue efforts continue.
Within minutes of the tremor struck, we received reports of shaking felt in up to 300 km distance including the country's capital Kabul. Near the epicenter, shaking reached strong to very strong intensities and lasted up to approx. 1-2 minutes. A user from Khost reported: "At around 1:27 am at night while we were asleep an earthquake shook our house ... for 2 minutes. ... Causalities were reported from Speera, Dandkai Village and particularly Gheeyan District of the Paktika area".
An aftershock of magnitude 4.5 magnitude struck about 30 miles southwest of Khost about an hour later.
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said that its country will provide assistance in search and rescue as well as medical help to Afghanistan.
Update Tue, 21 Jun 2022, 21:12
Significant magnitude 5.9 earthquake 44 km southwest of Khōst, Afghanistan
5.9 quake 22 Jun 1:24 am (GMT +4:30)
5.9 quake 22 Jun 1:24 am (GMT +4:30)
The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a magnitude 5.9 quake in Afghanistan near Khōst, only 18 minutes ago. The earthquake hit after midnight on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022, at 12:54 am local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS), which listed it as a magnitude 5.9 earthquake as well. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.8, and the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 5.9.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Khōst (pop. 96,100) located 44 km from the epicenter, Zaṟah Sharan (pop. 7,400) 71 km away, Bannu (pop. 49,000) 99 km away, Baraki Barak (pop. 22,300) 111 km away, and Ghazni (pop. 141,000) 116 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeJun 21, 2022 20:54:36 UTC -
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Jun 22, 2022 at 1:24 am (GMT +4:30)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.9
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude33.0924°N / 69.5135°E (Spērah, Khost, Afghanistan)
Antipode33.092°S / 110.487°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking
Felt200 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoDacht-i-Navar (176 km / 109 mi)
Nearby towns and cities47 km (29 mi) SW of Khōst (Khowst) (pop: 96,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
67 km (42 mi) E of Zaṟah Sharan (Sharan, Paktika) (pop: 7,370) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
110 km (69 mi) SSE of Baraki Barak (Saydabad, Logar) (pop: 22,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
114 km (71 mi) ESE of Ghazni (pop: 141,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
163 km (101 mi) SSE of Kabul (pop: 3,043,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
172 km (107 mi) SSW of Jalalabad (Nangarhar) (pop: 200,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
335 km (208 mi) WSW of Islamabad (Pakistan) (pop: 601,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
393 km (244 mi) ENE of Kandahar (pop: 391,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 6.5°C (44 F), humidity: 81%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from E
Estimated seismic energy released4.5 x 1013 joules (12.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 10676 tons of TNT or 0.7 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.910 km46 Km SW of Khōst, AfghanistanUSGS
5.910 kmSoutheastern AfghanistanRaspberryShake
6.16 kmCENTRAL AFGHANISTANEMSC
5.810 kmPakistan: Near KabulRENASS
6.110 kmPakistanNCS
6.210 kmSoutheastern AfghanistanGeoAu
6.110 kmSoutheastern AfghanistanGFZ
6.115 kmPakistan [Land]INGV
6.439 kmPakistan: BaluchistanKNDC

User reports for this quake (211)

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peshawar (216.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : on my laptop, floor was shaking for about 10 seconds | 11 users found this interesting.  
Dera Ismail Khan (191.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 20-30 s : My bed are shaking . Then my sister wake up. And she saw the fan . Fan are shaking . So we all are together and stand in the center of door . And wait for the shaking stop . It's a 2:00am 22 June 2022 . And at least 20 to 30 second earthquake | 8 users found this interesting.  
Khost, / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : At around 1:27 Am at night while we were asleep an earthquick shook our house the quake felt for 2 minutes however, we are safe but caulities reported from Speera,Dandkai Village and prticularily Gheeyan District of Paktika area where the causality toll r | 7 users found this interesting.  
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Peshawar khwaja town (211.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Iam here in Peshawar khwaja town. And i was setting in a bed and zet myself for sleeping and suddenly a feel a quick shaking. The shaking is high this time | 6 users found this interesting.  
Multan (371.2 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was laying in my bed and watching a movie and I started feeling jolts I was in doubt and then I started receiving messages from friends they felt that too. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Islamabad (333.7 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 10-15 s : I was lying down in bed when the shaking began. It was stronger than the one that occurred a few days back. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Risalpur (253.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : 2min shaking and very much | 4 users found this interesting.  
Chashma (196 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : Bed shaking | 4 users found this interesting.  
Kabul (163.3 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Bed wobbling | 4 users found this interesting.  
Mardan / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 2-5 s : Heavy quick jolts but in the end there was not after shocks. Usually such earth quake has 2nd spells . It was around 5.5 to 6 intensity | 3 users found this interesting.  
Mardan (261.3 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : There was a mild right to left horizontal motion. It was strong enough to be felt my the entire population of that area. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Taunsa (286.1 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : I was on the computer chair. I felt my chair and monitor are shaking. Then I saw a ceiling fan which was switched off is shaking. I observed a wire hanged in air was also shaking. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Dera Ismail Khan (191.3 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I was lying on my bed about to sleep and my bed started shaking i thought it was my sister but later found out it was an earthquake | 2 users found this interesting.  
Abbottabad (365.9 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 20-30 s : I was in my bed and it started shaking and then I turn on my lap and my table and other furniture were also shaking | 2 users found this interesting.  
Islamabad (332.1 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I was at 2nd floor and was sleeping on ground when I feel 3 to 4 minor shakes at about 1:58 AM. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Rawal (336.6 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : My room was shaking left to right | 3 users found this interesting.  
Islamabad (336.2 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Very dengerous | 3 users found this interesting.  
E11/2 hill road Islamabad (327.7 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I was just studying while my girlfriend came and told me it is a quake. When I saw the fan it was shaken and also the water inside the bottle was shaking as well. | One user found this interesting.  
Srinagar (501.6 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : It was like i was in water | 2 users found this interesting.  
Kabul,Afghanistan (172.8 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Continues shaking for up to almost 15 to 20 seconds | 2 users found this interesting.  
Multan (370.9 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : It's too scary | 2 users found this interesting.  
College Road, Abbottabad (366.2 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 15-20 s : My desk, laptop, chair and the were swinging up and down and here and there. | 2 users found this interesting.  
pind dadan khan (334.7 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Suddenly shaking everything | 2 users found this interesting.  
Peshawar gulbahar (218.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 15-20 s : It was a strong earthquake felt like something is really swinging my home | 2 users found this interesting.  
hangu (146.6 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : in bed when i was about to sleep | 2 users found this interesting.  
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Islamabad (335.1 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Saw ceiling fan swinging little bit sideways and felt on bed | 2 users found this interesting.  
B-17 Islamabad (315.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Just for few seconds earth quake was felt | 2 users found this interesting.  
Layyah, Punjab (272.4 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I feel some little earth quake | 2 users found this interesting.  
near Lahore, Punjab (497.4 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I was lying down when I felt the shaking | 2 users found this interesting.  
Abbotabad, Abbottābād District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (366.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / complex motion difficult to describe / 15-20 s : It stayed for sometime but wasnt that high to cause tention | 2 users found this interesting.  
Dera Ismail Khan (190.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging : I was watching movie at that time and suddenly I felt to and from motion horizontally on bed.At first I was thinking It will be my brother shaking bed but soon I realised there is no one and it may be earth quake.So I run from room into outside lawn.  
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jun 24, 2022 01:43
7 days ago
4.3

10 km
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 51 km SW of Khōst, AfghanistanMore
Jun 23, 2022 08:58
7 days ago
4.0

10 km
Khost, 32 km SW of Khōst, AfghanistanMore
Jun 21, 2022 21:50
9 days ago - felt
4.5

10 km
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 50 km SW of Khōst, AfghanistanMore

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