M 5.6 Earthquake, 17km S of Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan

Apr 24, 2013 9:25 AM UTC
U.S. Geological Survey
Alert area: 15 miles (25 km) WNW of Jalalabad, Afghanistan; 58 miles (94 km) E of KABUL, Afghanistan; 85 miles (138 km) WNW of Peshawar, Pakistan

Posted Apr 24, 2013 10:58 AM UTC

An earthquake with magnitude 5.6 occurred near Jalalabad, Afghanistan at 09:25:29.80 UTC on Apr 24, 2013. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

Tips from ready.gov

Excerpted from ready.gov
  • Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
  • Be aware of possible tsunamis if you live in coastal areas. These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called "tidal waves"). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach.
  • Be careful when driving after an earthquake and anticipate traffic light outages.


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