Pakistan: 7.4 Earthquake

Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 02:45 pm


2011 January 18 20:23:18 UTC

Earthquake Details

* This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 7.4 (Preliminary magnitude — update expected within 15 minutes)

* Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 20:23:18 UTC
* Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 01:23:18 AM at epicenter

Location 28.940°N, 63.930°E
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program

* 55 km (34 miles) W (271°) from Dalbandin, Pakistan
* 263 km (164 miles) W (269°) from Kalat, Pakistan
* 301 km (187 miles) ESE (102°) from Zahedan, Iran
* 793 km (493 miles) NE (41°) from MUSCAT, Oman
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 02:56 pm

Delhi shaken as earthquake strikes Pakistan

NDTV Correspondent, Updated: January 19, 2011 02:16 IST

New Delhi: A powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan a little before 2 am on Wednesday. Preliminary reports suggest that the epicentre of the earthquake was in Southwest Pakistan.

The immediate extent of devastation was unknown though the tremors were felt as far as Delhi. Apart from the national capital, tremors were also felt in Haryana and Jaipur.
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 03:01 pm

Strong earthquake hits south-west Pakistan
breaking news

An earthquake of magnitude 7.4 has hit south-western Pakistan, in a desert area bordering Iran and Afghanistan, the US Geological Survey says.

The quake struck at a depth of just 10km (6.2 miles) at 0123 on Wednesday (2023 GMT on Tuesday), some 55 km (34 miles) west of Dalbandin in Pakistan.

It was located several hundred kilometres from the Pakistani city of Quetta and the city of Zahedan, Iran.

The 7.6-magnitude Kashmir earthquake of October 2005 killed 73,000 people.

The area hit by the recent earthquake is sparsely populated and is located in a seismically active zone.

The Pakistani province of Baluchistan is a focus of some militant activity, sharing a long and porous border with conflict zones in southern Afghanistan.

No immediate details of any damage were available, but reports said the quake was felt in neighbouring provinces.

Pakistan is still dealing with the aftermath of devastating floods in the 2010 monsoon season, as well as battling Taliban militants in several tribal areas.

The historic city of Bam, west of the latest epicentre inside Iran, was devastated by an earthquake in 2003.
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 03:25 pm
Revised to 7.2 and it appears to be a sparsely populated area. Still it was relatively shallow and was felt in Delhi, some 750 miles to the east.
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 03:31 pm
2011 January 18 20:23:26 UTC

Earthquake Details

* This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 7.2

* Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 20:23:26 UTC
* Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 01:23:26 AM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 28.838°N, 63.947°E
Depth 84 km (52.2 miles) set by location program
Distances 45 km (30 miles) W of Dalbandin, Pakistan
260 km (160 miles) W of Kalat, Pakistan
310 km (190 miles) ESE of Zahedan, Iran
1035 km (640 miles) WSW of ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 7.1 km (4.4 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST=159, Nph=159, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.33 sec, Gp= 47°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=1

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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 03:55 pm

In Dubai, a reporter said he felt a moderate shaking that lasted for about 30 seconds.

Usman Zahid, a night manager at Serina Hotel in Quetta, Pakistan, felt the quake. He said it was "frightening" and estimated that it lasted about 20 seconds. It caused "broken glass in the kitchen" and caused the chandelier to swing, but caused no major damage, he said.

Twitter accounts in New Delhi, Jaipur and Dehradun -- all in India -- felt the quake. Twitter accounts in Bahrain said they felt the quake.

In Dubai, "I was just getting ready to go to bed," said Leone Lakhani in Dubai. She said she texted her friends in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

"It's not uncommon for this region to have earthquakes," said Kurt Frankel of the Georgia Institute of Technology. It is where two tectonic plates come together, he said.
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 03:57 pm

Quake shakes Pakistan but damage seems limited

By Chris Albritton

ISLAMABAD | Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:51pm EST

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.2 shook southwestern Pakistan early Wednesday, jolting residents of cities as far apart as Delhi and Dubai, but the epicenter was far from major population centers.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was more than 80 km (50 miles) underground, close to the town of Dalbandin in Baluchistan province, near the Afghan and Iranian frontiers.

Poor communications ensured there were no immediate reports from the vicinity of the quake, but despite the major strength of the shock, the great depth may have limited damage. The USGS had first said that the earthquake was very much shallower.

In the major Pakistani port of Karachi, 400 km (250 miles) away, people woke and rushed out of their homes after the tremors hit at 1:23 a.m. (2023 GMT on Tuesday). The authorities there had no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

In an ominous indication of problems for the small towns and villages of Baluchistan, however, people in India's border province of Rajasthan said cracks appeared in the walls of rural dwellings. The simple structures common in the area closest to the quake may fare badly under the strains of major tremors.
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 09:11 pm

At least 10 houses collapsed or were damaged after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake hit a sparsely-populated mountainous region of Pakistan's Balochistan province early Wednesday, media reports said. According to DPA, the US Geological Survey (USGS), however, downgraded the magnitude to 7.2 from its
original estimate of 7.4. Tremors were felt as far as Delhi, capital of India, and its adjoining areas.

The quake was 84 km deep, the USGS said.

The temblor that occurred at about 1.23am on Wednesday (2023 GMT Tuesday) jolted most of the major cities in the region, including Quetta, Karachi and Multan, according to Xinhua. Strong tremors were also felt in Lahore.

According to reports, houses were damaged in Quetta, capital city of Balochistan province. But details about the damage were not immediately available.

A three-storey building reportedly collapsed in Karachi after the earthquake. Details about any casualties were, however, not immediately known.
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Reply Wed 19 Jan, 2011 06:38 pm

QUETTA, Pakistan, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- About 200 mud-walled houses were damaged by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in southwestern Pakistan, officials said Wednesday.

Ahmed Kamal of the National Disaster Management Authority told CNN there were no reports of death or injury. Hundreds of tents, blankets and meals were sent to the area.

But an official at Quetta's Civil Hospital said a female cardiac patient suffered a fatal heart attack during the tremor.

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