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Earthquake kills 5000 in Afghanistan

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by MalGlo, Mar 26, 2002.

  1. MalGlo

    MalGlo TRIBE Member

    They just don't get a break over there.....

    KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan officials say nearly 5,000 people may have been killed by a pair of devastating earthquakes that struck the mountains in the northern part of Afghanistan.

    At least 4,000 are injured and 20,000 homeless after the two tremors struck near the town of Nahrin in the Hindu Kush mountains. Early reports say that Nahrin, in the Baghlan province, may have been leveled.

    About 600 bodies were recovered by early afternoon from villages still shaking from the aftershocks, Afghan defense officials told The Associated Press news agency on Tuesday.

    Powerful aftershocks, treacherous terrain and wintry weather were hindering rescue parties working on the mountain slopes, officials said.

    The epicenter, about 90 miles north of Kabul, is a seven-hour overland ride.

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site, the quakes struck the area on Monday evening and early Tuesday morning.

    A 6.0 magnitude quake rattled the region at 7:26 p.m. Monday (9:56 a.m. ET), while a 5.0 magnitude quake hit the same region at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday (4:45 p.m. ET Monday).

    While the death toll was initially reported at about 100, later reports from the quake-prone area showed just how much damage had been done.

    Because of primitive communications it often takes days for reports to become available.

    Quake prone
    Earthquakes and seismic activity are common in this part of the world and particularly in the Hindu Kush mountains, though they are not usually felt over such a wide area.

    A 6.9-magnitude quake based in the same region on May 30, 1998, killed more than 4,000 people and injured many more

    Earlier this month a quake measuring 7.2 also hit the region 240 kilometers north-northeast of Kabul, and was felt over a wide area including Pakistan, northern India and the Soviet republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kirghizia.

    That quake was the strongest in the region since 1983, killing an estimated 100 people, leaving another 500 homeless and destroying 1,000 acres of land and livestock.

    While quakes of magnitude 6.0 cause little damage in well-designed buildings, they can cause major havoc in poorly constructed buildings.

    There were no reports of injuries to U.S. troops stationed at Bagram Air Base near Kabul and at Kandahar.

    But America would assist the interim government and local Afghans in dealing with this tragedy, U.S. special envoy Zalmay Kahalilzad said.


    How much can a country take?

  2. Hi i'm God

    Hi i'm God TRIBE Member

    Yahoo news says 2000...
    Either way I think it's a new american wepon that caused it!!

    Last edited: Mar 26, 2002
  3. bucky

    bucky TRIBE Member

    hahah.. i was just gonna say that... earthquake... pffftt.... what was Bush saying about nuclear weapons last week?
  4. Subsonic Chronic

    Subsonic Chronic TRIBE Member

    I'll go with new weapon as well. That's the first thing I thought of when I saw the initial news report. Haven't there already been a few earthquakes in Afghanistan since November anyway?

    There was also a mud slide that trapped people in a tunnel, that I think was caused by an earthquake.

    Those people really do need a break. It must just suck to have one bad thing happen after another there.

  5. bucky

    bucky TRIBE Member

    i was kidding about thinking a weapon actually causing it...... that area of the world has earthquakes often don't they? so its not like its uncommon...... unfortunate though
  6. Bass-Invader

    Bass-Invader TRIBE Member

    tesla's earthquake machine strikes again![​IMG]
  7. Subsonic Chronic

    Subsonic Chronic TRIBE Member

    for the record I should add that I was joking about the weapon thing... just because it sounds like something I might say and actually mean.

    Sucks though... those poor Afghanis always get the shit end of the stick.

  8. gRoOviegurl

    gRoOviegurl TRIBE Member

    At least they can save some ammunition and effort - thanks to the earthquake.

    Too bad it wasn't an asteroid the size of Afghanistan -there would be a nice lake there right about now and no one but Mother Nature would be at fault.

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh...wishful thinking....................
  9. [- FuNKtiOn -]

    [- FuNKtiOn -] TRIBE Member

    wishful thinking that everyone who lives in Afghanistan would be dead?
    okay, so the whole Osama Bin Laden thing is pretty shitty, but I don't think it makes it okay to wish that everyone who lives in a country that he represents should die.

    if some crazy canadian went and smashed a plane into a building, should all the residents of that country be held accountable?
  10. Subsonic Chronic

    Subsonic Chronic TRIBE Member

    i really hope that you're joking.

  11. MBoy

    MBoy TRIBE Member

    Jeers to gRoOviegurl

  12. Rosey

    Rosey TRIBE Member

    :rolleyes: typical.
  13. MalGlo

    MalGlo TRIBE Member

    Woah donkey!!! back the bread basket up bucko!

    you can't be serious?.. this 'war' is not with the afghan people.. its with the terrorist using them as their shield...

  14. Hi i'm God

    Hi i'm God TRIBE Member

    gRoOviegurl = PrOnstar??
  15. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    This is an ignorant statement on two fronts...

    1. Why would you wish a whole nation of people dead
    2. An asteriod the size of Afghanistan would be an extintion level event. Probably even knock the earth out of it's orbit blowing a large portion out of the earth on the opposite side of the planet...so no nice lake; there'd actually be no nice nothing. Hell even insects might not survive.

    Hope you were kidding....

  16. terrawrist III

    terrawrist III TRIBE Member

    yeah right...."earthquake!"

    would not be surprised if the government had anything less than 100% involvement on this one!

    they are getting so much heat for their half-assed attempts at droppin' bombs that they pull this off and success!

    in fact, this thread will most likely be shut down if it were an american website!
  17. bucky

    bucky TRIBE Member

    yea cuz ya know every single website in america is censored from any possible anti-american statements :rolleyes:
  18. kurtz

    kurtz TRIBE Member

    bahhh.. earthquakes??
    nothing Lady H cant fix, with a fix.. oh yea, no more poppies... poor poor Afghans. :(
  19. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Have a little fucking compassion and empathy people. Few of us sheltered brats have any fucking clue what is really going on a few thousand miles away.

    The hell that thousands are experiencing today is likely far greater than that which was experienced by our immediate neighbours on 9/11.

    Maybe it's time to stop and reflect, instead of making more jokes at the Afganis' expense.

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