Monday 2 April 2018

Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake at a depth of 238.7 km in Badakshan Province, Afghanistan, at about 11.15 pm local time (about 6.45 pm GMT) on Friday 30 March 2018. Quakes at this depth are seldom dangerous, but are often felt over a wide area, and this one was reportedly felt across eastern Afghanistan, western Tajikistan, northern Pakistan and in Jammu and Kashmir State, India.

The approximate location of the 30 March 2018 Badakshan Earthquake. USGS.

Eastern Afghanistan lies close to the boundary between the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which runs through northern Afghanistan. The Indian Plate is moving northward relative to the Eurasian Plate, causing folding and uplift along this boundary, which has led to the formation of the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, the Himalayas and the other mountain ranges of Central Asia., and which makes the nations in this boundary zone prone to Earthquakes.

 Plate boundaries and movements beneath southern Pakistan, Iran and the Arabian Sea. University of Southampton.

Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. The international non-profit organisation Earthquake Report is interested in hearing from people who may have felt this event; if you felt this quake then you can report it to Earthquake Report here.
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