Afghanistan earthquake hazards mapped

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As part of efforts to build capacity within Afghanistan for studying, preparing for, and responding to earthquakes, the U.S. Geological Survey has released a map of potential earthquake hazards within the country.

Afghanistan is located in a technically active area near where the Indian and Eurasian plates collide, and earthquakes powerful enough to cause significant damage or fatalities occur every few years. However, decades of violence and strife have left the country with few scientists and limited resources to address geohazards. The U.S. Agency for International Development commissioned the USGS to assist in the nation's reconstruction efforts by assessing seismic hazards there.

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