A fresh earthquake has struck western Afghanistan, only days after two huge tremors in the area killed over 1,000 people.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the magnitude 6.3 quake happened near Herat. It was located at a depth of 6.3 kilometres (four miles). Afghanistan was rocked by a third powerful earthquake in only one week.
There have been no reports of casualties thus far.
According to Unicef, more than 90% of those killed in previous quakes were women and children.
According to the USGS, the epicentre of the latest tremor occurred 30 kilometres north-west of Herat, Afghanistan’s third-largest city near the Iranian border.
The earthquake on Saturday struck Zindajan, a rural area 40 kilometres from Herat.
The tremor reduced entire houses to rubble because they were too frail to survive the quake.
Afghanistan has been in the grip of an economic disaster since the Taliban took control in 2021 when funding to the government was halted.
As it is at the confluence of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates, the country is frequently struck by earthquakes, particularly in the Hindu Kush mountain region.
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the province of Paktika in June of last year, killing over 1,000 people and displacing tens of thousands.
According to Taliban officials, the previous quakes killed around 2,000 people and devastated up to 20 communities across the region.
According to UN estimates, the epicentre occurred in the Zenda Jan district, where 1,294 people perished, 1,688 were injured, and every home was damaged.
The initial quake, multiple aftershocks, and a second 6.3-magnitude quake on Wednesday destroyed towns, destroying hundreds of mud-brick structures that were unable to withstand such force.
Schools, health clinics, and other village amenities were also destroyed.
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