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Hundreds Die in Afghanistan Quake

Magazine article Science News

Hundreds Die in Afghanistan Quake

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Hundreds die in Afghanistan quake

The magnitude 6.8 earthquale that shook northern Afghanistan on Jan. 31 killed 200 to 400 people in that country and at least 300 in nearby sections of Pakistan, according to waverly Person at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. The shock also caused considerable damage and landslides in the bordering Soviet republic of Tadzhikistan, he says.

The quake struck in a mountainous region known as the Hindu Kush, which forms the western extension of the Himalayas. Originating 154 kilometers below the surface, the shock generated seismic waves felt as far away as Delhi, India, about 1,000 km from the epicenter. The Hindu Kush region is one of the few spots around the globe that commonly produce quakes at such depths, says David Simpson, a seismologist at Columbia University's Lamount-Doherty Geological Observatory in Palisades, N. …

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