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Title: 2,000 People Reported Dead After Sudden and Powerful Natural Disaster Sweeps Country
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URL Source: https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-2 ... pm&utm_content=western-journal
Published: Oct 8, 2023
Author: The Associated Press
Post Date: 2023-10-08 21:29:46 by BTP Holdings
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2,000 People Reported Dead After Sudden and Powerful Natural Disaster Sweeps Country

By The Associated Press

October 8, 2023 at 1:41am

Powerful earthquakes killed at least 2,000 people in western Afghanistan, a Taliban government representative said Sunday. It’s one of the deadliest earthquakes to strike the country in two decades.

The figures couldn’t be independently verified, but if correct, the toll would eclipse that of an earthquake that hit eastern Afghanistan in June 2022, striking a rugged, mountainous region, flattening stone and mud- brick homes and killing at least 1,000 people.

Saturday’s magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit a far more densely populated area, near Afghanistan’s fourth largest city, Herat. It was followed by strong aftershocks.

Advertisement - story continues below The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Herat city. It was followed by three very strong aftershocks, measuring magnitude 6.3, 5.9 and 5.5, as well as lesser shocks.

On Sunday, people attempted to dig out the dead and injured with their hands in Herat, clambering over rocks and debris. Survivors and victims were trapped under buildings that had crumbled to the ground, their faces grey with dust.

Trending: Televised GOP Speaker Debate Canceled After Republicans Realize What This Would Mean One video, shared online, shows people freeing a baby girl from a collapsed building after being buried up to her neck in debris. A hand is seen cradling the baby’s torso as rescuers ease the child out of the ground. Rescuers said it was the baby’s mother. It is not clear if the mother survived.

Abdul Wahid Rayan, a spokesman at the Ministry of Information and Culture, said Sunday the death toll is higher than originally reported. Villages have been destroyed, and hundreds of civilians are buried under the debris, he said while calling for urgent help.

“Besides the 2,060 dead, 1,240 people are injured and 1,320 houses are completely destroyed,” said Rayan. At least a dozen teams have been scrambled to help with rescue efforts, including from the military and nonprofit organizations like the Red Crescent.

The United Nations migration agency deployed four ambulances with doctors and psychosocial support counselors to the regional hospital. At least three mobile health teams were on their way to the Zenda Jan district, which is one of the worst-ht areas.

Doctors Without Borders set up five medical tents at Herat Regional Hospital to accommodate up to 80 patients. Authorities have treated more than 300 patients, according to the agency. UNICEF dispatched thousands of supplies, including winter clothes, blankets and tarpaulins as temperatures dropped.

Irfanullah Sharafzai, a spokesman for the Afghan Red Crescent Society, said seven teams were busy with rescue efforts while others were arriving from eight nearby provinces. They set up a temporary camp for the displaced, Sharafzai said.

Teams from the aid group described the destruction near Herat as much worse than initially feared, with entire villages flattened.

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Poster Comment:

I was in an earthquake in Chicago back in the 60s. I was in the church when the glass in the exit sign started to rattle. I thought it was a bus going past on the main street.

When I got home there was a story on TV news there had been a 5.5 Richter scale earthquake on the Sandwich fault which was about 60 miles SW of Chicago. I was on northwest side so you might add a few miles to that. ;)

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#1. To: BTP Holdings, Horse, 4um (#0)

I was in an earthquake in Chicago back in the 60s.

There was an earthquake in Ft. Wayne, maybe the 80s. I was sitting at my desk in the den with my head in my hands after an assignment and the house started moving back and forth, maybe 6 inches or a foot, north to south. It was weird. I asked my wife, "What the fuck are you doing?"

She thought it was me doing something.

Horse would know what faultline that was.

“The most terrifying force of death comes from the hands of Men who wanted to be left Alone.
TRUE TERROR will arrive at these people’s door, and they will cry, scream, and beg for mercy…
but it will fall upon the deaf ears of the Men who just wanted to be left alone.”

Esso  posted on  2023-10-08   21:45:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Esso (#1) (Edited)

Did you know Indiana rests near 2 of the largest fault lines in the central US

"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one." Edmund Burke

BTP Holdings  posted on  2023-10-08   22:00:02 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: BTP Holdings (#2)

I'm a lot cloer to the Wabash Valley than I am to Rockville. I'm thinking Madrid fault, I might be wrong.

“The most terrifying force of death comes from the hands of Men who wanted to be left Alone.
TRUE TERROR will arrive at these people’s door, and they will cry, scream, and beg for mercy…
but it will fall upon the deaf ears of the Men who just wanted to be left alone.”

Esso  posted on  2023-10-08   22:10:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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