Earthquakes in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes do not occur very frequently.

Since 1950, more than 13,600 people died by the direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Afghanistan by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 10:00 UTC.

Recent earthquakes in Afghanistan
  • June 9, 9:13 am
    Magnitude 4.2: 57 km west-southwest of Murghob, Tajikistan at a depth of ten km.
  • June 9, 5:51 am
    Magnitude 4.4: 31 km south of Landi Kotal, Pakistan at a depth of 58.11 km.
  • May 28, 5:26 pm
    Magnitude 4.7: Hindu Kush at a depth of 55.02 km.
  • May 28, 10:19 am
    Magnitude 5.2: 35 km southeast of Jurm at a depth of 223.84 km.
  • May 27, 11:54 pm
    Magnitude 4.3: 21 km northwest of Ashkāsham at a depth of 179.76 km.

Earthquakes in Afghanistan since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Afghanistan happened on 06/09/1956 in the Kabul region with a magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
03/21/2023Laghman; Pakistan187 km6.514
09/04/2022Kunar, Laghman, Nangarhar10 km5.18
06/21/2022Paktika Province; Pakistan10 km5.91039
01/17/2022Badghis (Qadis)18 km5.328
11/28/2018Hindu Kush (Baghlan)22 km4.90
05/09/2018Takhar; Pakistan116 km6.20
01/31/2018Baluchistan194 km6.22
04/10/2016Khyber Pakhtunkhwa12 km6.66
12/25/2015Afghanistan; Pakistan19 km6.34
10/26/2015Hindu Kush56 km7.5399
04/24/2013Kama30 km5.518
06/11/2012Hindu Kush11 km5.875
04/18/2010Samangan Province50 km5.611
10/22/2009Hindu Kush27 km6.15
04/16/2009Nangarhar51 km5.419
12/29/2008Mansehra, Shangla41 km5.80
12/12/2005Tili, Jalalabad, Badakhshan46 km6.55
07/18/2004Paktia Province45 km5.22
07/14/2004Herat2 km4.60
04/05/2004Hindu Kush (Kabul, Samangan; Pakistan)4 km6.53
12/25/2002Jalalabad42 km5.50
03/25/2002Hindu Kush (Baghlan, Nahrin)33 km6.11000
03/03/2002Hindu Kush (Samanghan, Kabul, Rustaq)19 km7.4166
06/01/2001Hindu Kush (Parvan)43 km5.04
10/30/2000Rakhor6 km5.10
02/11/1999Lowgar, Vardak, Kabul51 km6.070
05/30/1998Badakhshan, Takhar28 km6.64700
02/20/1998Yar Husain, Astor6 km6.41
02/04/1998Rostaq; Tajikistan (Dushanbe)21 km5.92323
05/13/1997Hindu-Kush, Malakand-Peshawar45 km6.41
05/01/1994Hindu Kush (Tashiak, Termiz)35 km6.1160
04/20/1991Hindu Kush (Badakhstan, Kabul)20 km4.10
04/18/1991Badakhstan Province30 km5.10
01/31/1991Badakhstan, Baghlan, Laghman, Nagarhar33 km6.4848
10/25/1990Hindu Kush (Chitral, Mardan, Malakand)59 km6.011
07/13/1990Hindu Kush (Pik Lenina)43 km5.643
07/29/1985Hindu Kush (Chitral, Swat)44 km6.65
02/01/1984Khorog, Jalalabad; Pakistan7 km5.81
12/30/1983Hindu Kush (Kabul, Samangan; Pakistan)39 km7.226
12/16/1982Northeastern48 km6.6500
11/27/1976Khorog12 km6.10
03/19/1976Hindu-Kush (Shamagan Province)38 km5.550
06/24/1972Hindu Kush (Sarsangi, Narin Counties)22 km6.111
03/14/1965Afghanistan6 km7.30
06/09/1956Kabul 7.6100
06/10/1954Northern 0.02000

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Data have been summarized and translated.
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