The duo of 6.3 magnitude earthquakes in the Herat province in the west of the country are also reported to have injured around 80 others.
Two 6.3 magnitude earthquakes have killed at least 15 and injured nearly 80 others in Herat province in Afghanistan, according to Mohammad Abdullah Jan, spokesman for the Taliban’s national disaster authority.
Jan said four villages in Zenda Jan district of Herat province suffered the brunt of the tremblers. Damage to dozens of houses were reported, he said.
The United States Geological Survey reported a pair of 6.3 magnitude earthquakes. It said the epicenter was 40 kilometers northwest of Herat city. There was an aftershock with a 5.5 magnitude.
A map on the USGS website indicates seven earthquakes in the area. At least five powerful earthquakes struck the city around noon, Herat city resident Abdul Shakor Samadi said. “All people are out of their homes,” Samadi said. “Houses, offices and shops are all empty and there are fears of more earthquakes. My family and I were inside our home, I felt the quake.” His family began shouting and ran outside, afraid to return indoors.
Telephone connections went down, making it hard to get details from affected areas. Videos on social media showed hundreds of people in the streets outside their homes and offices in Herat city. Herat province borders Iran. The quake also was felt in the nearby provinces of Farah and Badghis, according to local media reports.
In June 2022, a powerful earthquake struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan, flattening stone and mud-brick homes. The quake was Afghanistan’s deadliest in two decades, killing at least 1,000 people and injuring about 1,500.