• Hi Guest: Welcome to TRIBE, the online home of TRIBE MAGAZINE. If you'd like to post here, or reply to existing posts on TRIBE, you first have to register. Join us!

Earthquake kills 5000 in Afghanistan

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?

Dave
 

bucky

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Hi i'm God
either way I think it's a new ameican wepon that caused it!!


:p
hahah.. i was just gonna say that... earthquake... pffftt.... what was Bush saying about nuclear weapons last week?
 

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.

Pete
 

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
 
tribe cannabis goldsmith - gold cannabis accessories

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.

Pete
 

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....................
 

[- FuNKtiOn -]

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by gRoOviegurl
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....................
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?
 

Subsonic Chronic

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by gRoOviegurl
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....................
i really hope that you're joking.

Pete
 
tribe cannabis goldsmith - gold cannabis accessories

MalGlo

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by gRoOviegurl
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....................
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...


Dave
 

derek

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by gRoOviegurl
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....................
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....

Derek
 
tribe cannabis goldsmith - gold cannabis accessories

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!
 

bucky

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by terrawrist III
in fact, this thread will most likely be shut down if it were an american website!
yea cuz ya know every single website in america is censored from any possible anti-american statements :rolleyes:
 

kurtz

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

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.
 
Top