From economic difficulties to earthquakes… Afghanistan’s 5.9 earthquake killed more than 1,000




An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 occurred in Afghanistan in the morning of the 22nd local time, killing more than 1,000 people and destroying houses.

The shaking was even felt in neighboring Pakistan.

Afghanistan, which has suffered from severe economic difficulties since the Taliban took power, is facing a difficult situation as it is hit by drought, floods and earthquakes.

This is reporter Nam Hyun-ho’s report.


The house collapsed as if it had been bombed.

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck Paktika province near the Pakistan border in southeastern Afghanistan on the morning of the 22nd local time.

Its epicenter is 36 km southwest of the city of Hosts, which has a population of 96,000.

The earthquake was so powerful that the shaking was detected not only in Kabul, the capital, but also in places hundreds of kilometers away, including Islamabad and Punjab, the capital of Pakistan.

In particular, it was reported that the damage was great in Paktika and nearby host states.

The number of casualties is increasing over time, and the death toll is estimated at more than 1,000.

This is because there are many areas where the administrative power of the Taliban government is not tightly controlled, and the activities of the media and international aid organizations have recently contracted significantly.

In addition, most of the houses were built with mud bricks, making them vulnerable to disasters, and it is analyzed that the earthquake caused great damage due to the shallow depth of the epicenter.

Taliban authorities have mobilized helicopters to rescue and search the affected area.

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Meanwhile, Afghanistan, which belongs to the Alps-Himalayan orogeny, has frequent earthquakes. In 2015, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the border area, killing more than 400 people. In January, earthquakes of magnitude 4.9 and 5.6 followed one after another.

Afghanistan, after a long civil war, was re-taken in August last year by the Taliban and has faced severe economic hardship since then.

This is Yonhap News TV Nam Hyun-ho.

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