CHAHAK, Afghanistan — One other robust earthquake shook a part of western Afghanistan on Wednesday morning after an earlier quake killed greater than 2,000 and flattened entire villages.
The newest magnitude 6.3 earthquake was about 17 miles exterior Herat, the capital of Herat province, and 6 miles deep, in line with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Wednesday’s quake has injured not less than 80 folks and a landslide has blocked the principle Herat-Torghondi freeway, Info Ministry spokesman Abdul Wahid Rayan mentioned.
It additionally flattened all 700 houses in Chahak village, which was untouched by the tremors of earlier days. There are mounds of soil the place dwellings was once. However there have been no deaths initially reported in Chahak as a result of folks have taken shelter in tents this week, fearing for his or her lives as tremors proceed to rock Herat.
Villagers are distraught over the lack of their houses and livestock, usually their solely possessions, and fear concerning the coming harsh winter months. Some mentioned they’d by no means seen an earthquake earlier than and puzzled when the shaking of the bottom would cease.
Many mentioned they haven’t any peace of thoughts contained in the tents for concern the “floor will open and swallow us at any second.”
The epicenter of Saturday’s quake was about 25 miles northwest of the provincial capital, and several other aftershocks have been robust, together with one other of magnitude 6.3 on Saturday.
Taliban officers mentioned greater than 2,000 had died throughout Herat after the sooner quakes. They subsequently mentioned the quakes killed and injured 1000’s however didn’t give a breakdown of casualties.
Apart from rubble and funerals after Saturday’s devastation, there’s little left of the villages within the area’s dusty hills.
In Naib Rafi, a village that beforehand had about 2,500 residents, folks mentioned virtually nobody was nonetheless alive moreover males who have been working exterior when the quake struck. Survivors labored all day with excavators to dig lengthy trenches for mass burials.
On a barren area within the district of Zinda Jan, a bulldozer eliminated mounds of earth to clear house for a protracted row of graves.
“It is extremely troublesome to discover a member of the family from a destroyed home and some minutes to later bury her or him in a close-by grave, once more below the bottom,” mentioned Mir Agha, from town of Herat, who had joined lots of of volunteers to assist the locals.