According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter was in the Hindu Kush region, 35km South of Jarm in Afghanistan.
Tremors were also felt in northern cities of Pakistan including Peshawar, Islamabad, Azad Kashmir, and Abbottabad. People were seen leaving buildings towards safer grounds.
The region of Hindu Kush is prone to earthquakes. Pakistan has yet to meet the global standards of disaster risk reduction. This includes but is not limited to earthquake-proof buildings.
M 6.1 – HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN – 2018-01-31 07:06:59 UTC
Magnitude: Mw 6.1
Region: HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
Date time: 2018-01-31 07:06:59.7 UTC
Location: 36.55 N ; 70.87 E
Depth: 189 km
Distances: 272 km NE of Kabul, Afghanistan / pop: 3,044,000 / local time: 11:36:59.7 2018-01-31
68 km S of Fayzabad, Afghanistan / pop: 44,500 / local time: 11:36:59.7 2018-01-31
35 km S of Jarm, Afghanistan / pop: 12,200 / local time: 11:36:59.7 2018-01-31
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