We summarize the written history of earthquakes in Afghanistan from A.D. 734 to the present in the form of a new catalog of more than 1,300 earthquakes and narrative accounts of damage sustained during 47 of the more significant events (see electronic supplement). Afghanistan is among those regions where written records of historical earthquakes are sparse and where contemporary publications provide circumstantial, telegraphic, and occasionally misleading information. Early annals of the region from travelers' accounts and the narratives of explorers contain macroseismic information that is often of more utility than is available in records from the last half-century. Even in...

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