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Earthquakes have killed more than 12,000 people in Afghanistan in three decades

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  • 22 June, 2022 22:19:40

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International Desk: Afghanistan has been hit by a devastating earthquake since 2015. The death toll from Wednesday's quake has risen to 1,000. The number of injured exceeded one and a half thousand. The death toll could rise further. However, this is not the first such earthquake in the country. In the last three decades, more than 11,000 people have lost their lives in major earthquakes. The country has a long history of earthquakes, according to Reuters. Most of this happened in the hilly Hindu Kush region bordering Pakistan. Due to the large number of earthquakes in remote areas and the dilapidated state of various infrastructures during the decades of war, the number of moderate earthquakes has also been relatively high. According to the US National Center for Environmental Information, there have been six major earthquakes in Afghanistan between 1991 and 2015. Hundreds of lives have been lost in each earthquake. More than 12,546 people have died during this period. Below is a list of earthquakes that have killed hundreds of people. 1991, Hindu Kush The Hindu Kush earthquake killed 848 people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Soviet Union. 1997, Cain A magnitude 6.2 earthquake on the Afghanistan-Iran border has killed more than 1,500 people in both countries. More than 10,000 houses were completely destroyed. February 1997, Tekhar The quake killed at least 2,300 people in the northeastern remote province of Tekhara. In some cases this number is also mentioned as 4 thousand. May 1997, Tekhar Three months later, another magnitude 7.8 earthquake in the same region killed 4,600 people. 2002, Hindu Kush twin earthquakes A total of 1,100 people died in the March 2002 twin earthquakes in Hindu Kush. 2015, Hindu Kush A magnitude 6.5 earthquake, one of the strongest in Afghanistan's recorded history, killed at least 399 people in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan and India.

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