Earthquake strikes Afghanistan and Pakistan on 29th December 2012. The United States Geological Survey (USGC) reported that the 5.8 magnitude quake was felt in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul along with several cities of Pakistan. It struck in the evening at 115 kilometers depth and 140 kilometers north of Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad and 130 kilometers to the west of Pakistan’s city of Chitral.
There are no reports of casualties or damage however, the shakes were felt in Kabul, Lahore, Islamabad, and various other cities of Pakistan. Thing to notice is that Northern part of Afghanistan is frequently being hit by earthquakes since a long time, especially on the mountain range of Hindu Kush which is near to the collision of Eurasian and Indian tectonic pressure plates.
Earthquakes in Asian part of the world has definitely increased, especially South Asian countries and East Asian countries like Japan have been in the danger zone of these quakes since a long time. Recent quake reports tell that Hawaii and Alaska were also hit with earthquakes in last 24 hours. Hawaii was struck by a 2.7 magnitude and on the other hand, Nikolski (Alaska) was struck by a 4.2 magnitude quake.
Other places that were struck by an earthquake in past 24 hours period of time were:
- Dominican Republic with 2.8 magnitude
- Peru with 4.6 magnitude
- Guatemala with 4.1 magnitude
- Nicaragua with 4.4 magnitude
- South Fiji Islands with 4.8 magnitude
- Chile with 4.3 magnitude
- Japan with 5.1 magnitude
- Papua New Guinea struck two times at 5.0 and 5.5 magnitude
- Indonesia with 4.6 magnitude
- Costa Rica with 4.4 magnitude
- Alaska struck three times with 4.3, 3.0 and 2.5 magnitude
- Japan again struck with 5.5 magnitude
- Alaska earthquake aftershocks 3.5 magnitude
- Philippines with 4.9 magnitude