Another powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks Herat

A house damaged by Sunday morning’s earthquake in Herat.

A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan’s western province of Herat again on Sunday, sending residents into a panic. 

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the latest quake was 34 km from Herat city at a depth of only 8 km.

The epicenter of the quake was once again in the devastated Zindajan district and was followed by multiple aftershocks, Herat residents said.

The earthquake, which occurred at 8:06 am on Sunday, was also felt in neighboring Iranian cities, including Mashhad and Torbat-e-Jam.

This comes after the 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Saturday October 7 and the same magnitude quake on Wednesday, October 11. In between there has been a string of aftershocks many of which measured over 5.0 magnitude.

More than 1,000 people have been killed in the quakes and over 2,400 injured. Thousands of people have been left homeless after the initial quake flattened entire villages.

On Sunday, there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Survivors, especially from the Zindajan district, which was the epicenter of the first earthquake, told Amu in the week that they are terrified of the earthquakes. With nothing left of their homes, and most having lost all their possessions, the devastated families are living in tents supplied by aid agencies.

A massive relief operation is still ongoing in the area with scores of aid agencies and medical teams on the ground assisting.