PAGER - M 5.4 - CENTRAL AFGHANISTAN
Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. A magnitude 5.9 earthquake 260 km Northeast of this one struck Afghanistan-Tajikistan on February 4, 1998 (UTC), with estimated population exposures of 3,000 at intensity VIII and 17,000 at intensity VII, resulting in a reported 2,323 fatalities. On May 30, 1998 (UTC), a magnitude 6.5 earthquake 272 km Northeast of this one struck Afghanistan, with estimated population exposures of 707,000 at intensity VII and 1,248,000 at intensity VI, resulting in a reported 4,000 fatalities. Recent earthquakes in this area have caused landslides that may have contributed to losses.
Estimated Population Exposed to Earthquake Shaking
|Est. Modified Mercalli Intensity||Est. Population Exposure||Perceived Shaking||Potential Structure Damage|
|X||0||Extreme||V. Heavy||V. Heavy|
Full City Exposure List
|III||Jabal os Saraj||15k|
|III||Mir Bachcheh Kowt||5k|
PAGER results are generally available on the Internet within 30 minutes of the earthquake’s occurrence. However, information on the extent of shaking will be uncertain in the minutes and hours following and earthquake and typically improves as additional sensor data and reported intensities are acquired and incorporated into models of the earthquake's source. Users of PAGER estimates should account for uncertainty and always seek the most current PAGER release for any earthquake.