Skip to main content

Earthquake Shakes Afghanistan

middle east earthquake
This map, courtesy of Google, indicates the epicenter of the magnitude 5.8 earthquake that struck northern Afghanistan on Thursday. (Image credit: Google)

This article was provided by

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake, centered near the desolate Hindu Kush region of northern Afghanistan, shook the capital of Kabul on Thursday.

Tremors from the quake were also felt across India and Pakistan, including the capital of Islamabad.

As of Friday evening local time, there were no reports of damage or injuries from the earthquake, which struck at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, near the meeting of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates, is prone to earthquakes and averages three quakes of magnitude 5.0 or greater per year, according to the United States Geological Survey.

© All rights reserved. More from

With much of the country experiencing an unseasonably warm winter, fears of climate change come to mind. See how well you understand recent weather, climate and the difference between them.

Weather vs. Climate Change: Test Yourself