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Earthquake to Strike Afghanistan Soon, Says Dutch Researcher

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
An aerial view shows collapsed buildings in Turkey’s aftermath of the deadly earthquake (Photo/Reuters)
On Thursday, Dutch geologist Frank Hoogerbeets predicted that there might be a big earthquake in Afghanistan soon. 

Dutch geologist Frank Hoogerbeets predicted the Turkey-Syria earthquake three days in advance; now, he is saying there may be a big earthquake in Afghanistan soon. The earthquake epicentre will be in Afghanistan, goes through Pakistan and India and ends in the Indian Ocean. 

He tweeted a video on his Twitter and predicted a magnitude 7.8 earthquake as bad news for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

 “I accurately predicted the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria, has now anticipated seismic activity leading to a large earthquake originating in Afghanistan, passing through Pakistan and ending in the Indian Ocean.” 

He also said that the Earthquake would start in Afghanistan and will pass through Pakistan and India before ending in the Indian Ocean.

Afghanistan lies in a seismically active zone, and the country is earthquake-prone because it is located in the Chaman, Hari Rud, Central Badakhshan, and Darvaz faults. These faults are expected to pose the greatest seismic danger of the potentially active faults. 

In Afghanistan, more than 7,000 people have died over the past decade due to earthquakes, with an average of 560 deaths yearly.  

Among the regions in Afghanistan, the northeastern region faces a high earthquake risk due to the border with Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Among the cities in Afghanistan, Kabul and Jalalabad are among the most vulnerable and at high risk of severe earthquake impacts. Because these two cities are close to the Chaman fault on the one hand, and unplanned, nonstandard rapid urbanization due to population growth in recent years on the other hand. 

The German geologist predicted the Turkey-Syria earthquake three days before the catastrophe; if the government had heeded his prediction, the damage could have been minimized.

Over 16,000 people died in the Earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria. On Thursday, more survivors were pulled from the wreckage of collapsed buildings, but hope seemed to be very distant no matter how hard they struggled.

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