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20 Dec 2019 | 08:13 AM UTC

Afghanistan: 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits southwest of Jurm December 20

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes southwest of Jurm (Badakhshan province) on December 20; aftershocks possible



The US Geological Survey recorded a 6.1-magnitude earthquake around 51 km (32 mi) southwest of Jurm (Badakhshan province) on Friday, December 20. The quake hit at around 16:10 (local time) at a depth of 210 km (130 mi). There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant infrastructure damage.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the region are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.