Environmental, Science

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes 41km WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan – USGS

Christmas day earthquake in Afghanistan, 2015
Source: USGS

USGS-(ENEWSPF)- The United States Geological Survey reported a 6.3 magnitude earthquake centered in Afghanistan near the border of Pakistan.

The quake struck on December 25, 2015, at 1:14:47 Chicago time.

The epicenter was 41km (25mi) WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan; 48km (30mi) SSE of Jarm, Afghanistan; 49km (30mi) WSW of Ishkashim, Tajikistan; 84km (52mi) SE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan; and 281km (175mi) NE of Kabul, Afghanistan.

The quake rumbled far below the surface at a depth of 203.4 km (126.4 mi).

According to NBC News:

More than 30 people were injured as houses or walls collapsed in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar, said emergency rescue service spokesman Bilal Ahmed Faizi. A total of 41 people were taken to hospitals in the city, according to doctors and rescue officials.