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30 Mar 2020 | 12:38 PM UTC

Afghanistan: 4.9-magnitude earthquake strikes northeast, shaking buildings March 30

4.9-magnitude earthquake strikes northeastern Afghanistan on March 30, shaking buildings in Afghanistan and Pakistan; aftershocks possible over the coming hours

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Event

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain chain, some 31 km (19 mi) southeast of Jarm, at around 20:12 (local time) on Monday, March 30. The earthquake reportedly shook buildings in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan; no casualties or material damages were immediately reported.

Aftershocks are possible in the region over the near term.  

Advice

Individuals in affected areas 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 windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.