Many Dead After Earthquake Hits Afghanistan

October 8, 2023

People Are Buried Under Rubble.

That's NEVER a headline you want to read, even if it's not from your own country.

Sadly, at least 15 people have been killed by a brutal series of earthquakes in Afghanistan.

The two earthquakes were recorded as 6.3 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Less than 25 miles northwest of the city of Herat is the site of the reported epicenter.

And for everyone who thought that it's just the earthquake you have to worry about, think again.

Aftershock.

The USGS recorded an aftershock with a 5.5 magnitude.

Some reports are indicating that as many as SEVEN different earthquakes may have hit the area, with five of them coming at noon.

The Associated Press is reporting that most of the casualties were located in four villages of Zenda Jan district of Herat province.

One citizen of Herat, Abdul Shakor Samadi, spoke with the Associated Press and explained what's happening in the area:

"All people are out of their homes. Houses, offices and shops are all empty and there are fears of more earthquakes. My family and I were inside our home, I felt the quake."

Abdul Shakor Samadi said that his entire family was too terrified to remain indoors and ran outside and refused to go back in. Many people in Afghanistan are sharing this sentiment, terrified of getting trapped in a structure if another earthquake strikes.

Age 45 Herat resident Bashir Ahmad said that "We were in our offices and suddenly the building started shaking. Wall plasters started to fall down and the walls got cracks, some walls and parts of the building collapsed."

Still rising.

Herat's public health director, Mahammad Taled Shahid, also released a statement. He warned that the death toll could still be rising:

"These are the numbers that have been brought to the central hospital so far, but this is not the final figure. We have information that people are buried under rubble."

That's terrifying to hear, regardless of which country you live in.

These are human beings, pray for them.


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