The land of Afghanistan was shaken by the earthquake on Wednesday. There was an earthquake of 6.1 magnitude here. According to disaster management officials, at least 250 people have died in the country due to the earthquake. This figure may increase further. Apart from this, about 150 people are reported to be injured. According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the quake was about 44 km from the city of Khost in Afghanistan and was at a depth of 51 km. This earthquake was so strong that people also felt tremors in Lahore, Multan, Quetta of neighboring Pakistan. Apart from this, there are reports of tremors being felt in India as well.
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Earlier on Tuesday night, earthquake tremors were felt in Pakistan too. An earthquake of 6.1 magnitude occurred here at 2.24 pm. It is a matter of relief that no loss of life or property has been reported in the earthquake in Pakistan. Apart from this, earthquake tremors were also felt in Malaysia late in the night. The magnitude of the earthquake was 5.1 here.
How does an earthquake happen?
The main reason for the occurrence of earthquakes is the collision of plates inside the earth. There are seven plates inside the earth which are constantly rotating. When these plates collide at some place, there is a fault line zone and the corners of the surface are twisted. Due to the twisting of the corners of the surface, pressure builds up there and the plates start breaking. Due to the breaking of these plates, the energy inside finds a way out, due to which the earth shakes and we consider it an earthquake.
Earthquakes with a magnitude of less than 2.0 on the Richter scale are categorized as micro and these earthquakes are not felt. 8,000 earthquakes of the micro category on the Richter scale are recorded daily around the world. Similarly, earthquakes of magnitude 2.0 to 2.9 are kept in the minor category. 1000 such earthquakes occur every day, even we do not normally feel it. Very light category earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 to 3.9 are recorded 49,000 times in a year. They are felt but hardly any harm is done by them.
Light category earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 to 4.9 are recorded on the Richter scale about 6,200 times a year around the world. These tremors are felt and can be seen shaking of household items. However, they cause negligible damage.
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