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Hindu Kush Rattled by Another Strong Quake

Posted by feww on October 30, 2009

Strong quake measuring up to 6.3 magnitude shook Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan

The event was consistent with FEWW Forecast

The quake struck about 18 km WSW of another strong quake which struck the region a week ago.

10-degree Map Centered at 40°N,70°E

hindukush 10-30-2009
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FEWW.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.0 [Maximum quake magnitude estimated by FEWW at 6.3 Mw]
  • Date-Time: Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 17:44:31 UTC
    [Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10:14:31 PM at epicenter]
  • Location: 36.434°N, 70.731°E
  • Depth: 205.6 km (127.8 miles)
  • Distances:
    • 75 km (45 miles) SSE of Feyzabad, Afghanistan
    • 130 km (80 miles) WNW of Chitral, Pakistan
    • 140 km (90 miles) SSW of Khorugh, Tajikistan
    • 255 km (160 miles) NNE of KABUL, Afghanistan
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 4.5 km (2.8 miles); depth +/- 7 km (4.3 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID:  us2009niba

hindu kush
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FEWW.

After an earlier event in the area, a magnitude 6.4 quake which struck close to today’s epicenter almost exactly a week ago, FEWW forecast:

Further seismicity in the region should be expected in the coming days and weeks. An earthquake measuring up to 8.4 may occur in the region with a probability of 60 percent.”

Historic Seismicity Map

hist seis
Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green- (Source: USGS/EHP)

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