Strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan, on Saturday, 2 May 1981 at 16:04 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.3 earthquake  - Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan, on Saturday, 2 May 1981 at 16:04 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 229 km depth

Date & time: 2 May 1981 04:04:55 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 6.3
Depth: 228.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 36.355°N / 71.085°E (Afghanistan)
Nearby towns and cities:
54 km (34 mi) SW of Ashkāsham (Ishkashim, Badakhshan) (pop: 12,100)
61 km (38 mi) SSE of Jurm (Badakhshan) (pop: 12,100)
96 km (60 mi) SSE of Fayzabad (Badakhshan) (pop: 44,400)
145 km (90 mi) ESE of Taloqan (Taluqan, Takhar) (pop: 64,300)
180 km (112 mi) E of Khanabad (Kunduz) (pop: 71,500)
203 km (126 mi) E of Kunduz (pop: 161,900)
267 km (166 mi) NE of Kabul (pop: 3,043,500)
613 km (381 mi) NNW of Lahore (Punjab, Pakistan) (pop: 6,310,900)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 1.8 x 1014 joules (49.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 42502 tons of TNT or 2.7 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.3229 kmHindu Kush region, AfghanistanUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.3 quake Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan, 2 May 16:04 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (14 quakes):
  • 12 Oct 1981 12:14 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    107.3 km (66.7 mi) depth
    |
    64 km (40 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Sep 1981 00:03 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    102 km (63.4 mi) depth
    |
    44 km (27 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 Sep 1981 16:55 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    175.5 km (109.1 mi) depth
    |
    78 km (49 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Sep 1981 06:26 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    92.1 km (57.2 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 Aug 1981 08:42 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    231.3 km (143.7 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8327 km (5174 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 16 Aug 1981 18:16 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    117 km (72.7 mi) depth
    |
    29 km (18 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8327 km (5174 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 15 Aug 1981 20:51 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    199.8 km (124.1 mi) depth
    |
    29 km (18 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1970 00:00 UTC
    | M |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    |
    8327 km (5174 mi) distance
    | | Details
  • 13 Aug 1981 20:05 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    108.2 km (67.2 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (8 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Jul 1981 23:56 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    130.4 km (81 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Jul 1981 03:59 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    215.6 km (134 mi) depth
    |
    33 km (20 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 07 Jun 1981 13:56 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    208.9 km (129.8 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan, on Saturday, 2 May 1981 at 16:04 (GMT)
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