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Deadly Quake Prompts New Island to Rise Off Pakistan Coastline

Posted by feww on September 25, 2013

Death toll from powerful quake rises to 100, with more than 200 others injured in Pakistan

The quake measuring 7.7Mw struck 66km north-northeast of Awaran, a remote part of the Baluchistan province in southwestern Pakistan.

The quake and its aftershocks destroyed scores of mud houses near the epicenter in sparsely populated Baluchistan region.

EQ Details

  • Event Time: 2013-09-24 11:29:48 UTC
  • Location: 27.000°N, 65.514°E
  • Depth: 20.0km (12.4mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 66km (41mi) NNE of Awaran, Pakistan
    • 116km (72mi) NW of Bela, Pakistan

New Island Emerges from Arabian Sea

The powerful quake caused the seabed to rise and form a small island in the Arabian Sea, about 500 meters off Pakistan’s coastline.

EQ forms new island in Arabian Sea
Powerful earthquake hits Baluchistan, forcing the sea bed to rise and form a new island in the Arabian Sea. Image sourced from news.cn/gmw.cn

EQ Location Map

eq location map - Pakistan

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M7.8 Quake Strikes Iran-Pakistan Border

Posted by feww on April 16, 2013

Powerful quake felt throughout the Persian Gulf region

The quake struck at a depth of about 15.2 km (9.4 miles), USGS/EHP reported.

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 7.8
  • Date-Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:44:13 UTC
  • Location: 28.056°N, 62.080°E
  • Depth: 15.2 km (9.4 miles)
  • Region: IRAN-PAKISTAN BORDER REGION
  • Distances:
    • 86 km (53 miles) ESE of Khash, Iran
    • 167 km (103 miles) NE of Iranshahr, Iran
    • 198 km (123 miles) SE of Zahedan, Iran
    • 237 km (147 miles) SSW of Rudbar, Afghanistan
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 14.9 km (9.3 miles); depth +/- 6.2 km (3.9 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Extent of damage caused by the quake and casualties, if any, were unknown, as of posting.

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Hindu Kush Rattled by Another Strong Quake

Posted by feww on October 30, 2009

Strong quake measuring up to 6.3 magnitude shook Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan

The event was consistent with FEWW Forecast

The quake struck about 18 km WSW of another strong quake which struck the region a week ago.

10-degree Map Centered at 40°N,70°E

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FEWW.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.0 [Maximum quake magnitude estimated by FEWW at 6.3 Mw]
  • Date-Time: Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 17:44:31 UTC
    [Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10:14:31 PM at epicenter]
  • Location: 36.434°N, 70.731°E
  • Depth: 205.6 km (127.8 miles)
  • Region:  HINDU KUSH, AFGHANISTAN
  • Distances:
    • 75 km (45 miles) SSE of Feyzabad, Afghanistan
    • 130 km (80 miles) WNW of Chitral, Pakistan
    • 140 km (90 miles) SSW of Khorugh, Tajikistan
    • 255 km (160 miles) NNE of KABUL, Afghanistan
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 4.5 km (2.8 miles); depth +/- 7 km (4.3 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID:  us2009niba

hindu kush
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FEWW.

After an earlier event in the area, a magnitude 6.4 quake which struck close to today’s epicenter almost exactly a week ago, FEWW forecast:

Further seismicity in the region should be expected in the coming days and weeks. An earthquake measuring up to 8.4 may occur in the region with a probability of 60 percent.”

Historic Seismicity Map

hist seis
Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green- (Source: USGS/EHP)

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Strong Earthquake Rattles Hindu Kush, Afghanistan

Posted by feww on October 23, 2009

Strong Quake Measuring as Large as M6.5 Rattles Hindu Kush, Afghanistan

An earthquake measuring as strong as 6.5Mw struck the Hindu Kush region, shaking northern Afghanistan and Pakistan early Friday, local time.

The epicenter was located at 36.471°N, 70.925°E  in the Hindu Kush mountain range about 75 km (50 miles) SSE of Feyzabad, Afghanistan, striking at a depth of about 197 km.

There have been no immediate reports of casualties or structural damage, however, news from the remote mountainous areas may take some time to reach the outside world.. However, frightened locals were reportedly seen escaping into the open areas in Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Rawalpindi and other major cities in the region. A news report said buildings in Kabul (the Afghan capital) shook during the earthquake.

10-degree Map Centered at 35°N,70°E

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FEWW.

Historic Seismicity

More than a dozen EQs measuring 5.0 to 6.0 Mw have struck the immediate region since August 2008. The latest quake occurred about  240 km southeast of a major quake measuring more than 8.0Mw, which struck the region 102 years earlier almost to the date,  on October 21, 1907 at 04:23 UTC at a depth of 35 km.

Other quakes in the region:

  • Magnitude 6.5, on December 12, 2005 at 21:47:46 UTC –  Location 36.332°N, 71.130°E – Depth 225.4 km  – Distances: 95 km (60 miles) NW of Chitral, Pakistan; 95 km (60 miles) SSE of Feyzabad, Afghanistan; 135 km (85 miles) SSW of Khorugh, Tajikistan; 350 km (220 miles) NNW of ISLAMABAD, Pakistan. (5 people killed, another 28 injured.)
  • Magnitude 6.6, Monday, April 5, 2004 at 21:24:04 (UTC); Location 36.527°N, 71.028°E;  Depth 191.4 km – Distances: 75 km (45 miles) SSE of Feyzabad, Afghanistan; 110 km (70 miles) NW of Chitral, Pakistan; 120 km (75 miles) SSW of Khorugh, Tajikistan; 280 km (175 miles) NE of KABUL, Afghanistan. (3 people killed, at least a dozen injured.)
  • Magnitude 6.1,  25 March 25,  2002 at 14:56:33 UTC; Location 36.06N 69.31E; Depth 8.0 kilometers – Distances 160 km (100 miles) SW of Feyzabad, Afghanistan; 170 km (105 miles) SE of Shaartuz, Tajikistanl; 170 km (105 miles) N of KABUL, Afghanistan; ;  210 km (130 miles) NNW of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
    Remarks:
    At least 1,000 people killed, several hundred injured and several thousand homeless in Baghlan Province. At least 1,500 houses destroyed or damaged at Nahrin and several hundred more in other areas of Baghlan Province. Landslides blocked many roads in the epicentral area. Felt strongly in much of northern Afghanistan. Also felt in the Islamabad-Peshawar area, Pakistan and at Dushanbe, Tajikistan. [Source: USGS/EHP]
  • Magnitude 7.4, March 3,  2002 at 12:08:19 UTC; Location 36.50N 70.48E; Depth 225.0 kilometers – Distances: 65 km (40 miles) S of Feyzabad, Afghanistan; 150 km (90 miles) SW of Khorugh, Tajikistan; 150 km (95 miles) WNW of Chitral, Pakistan; 250 km (155 miles) NNE of KABUL, Afghanistan.
    Remarks:
    At least 166 people killed, several injured and 400 houses damaged or destroyed by a landslide that dammed and flooded Surkundara Valley, Samangan Province. At least 13 people killed at Kabul and Rostaq and 3 people killed in Bajaur, Pakistan. At least 300 houses destroyed in Badakhshan and Takhar Provinces. A 45 meter wide fissure opened in Xiker Reservoir in Xinjiang, China. Felt in much of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Felt (VI) at Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Felt (V) at Qarshi, Samarqand and Tashkent; (IV) at Andijon and Namangan, Uzbekistan. Felt (V) at Osh; (IV) at Batken and Sufi- Kurgan; (III) at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Felt (III) at Shymkent, Taraz and Zhambyl, Kazakhstan. Also felt in India and Xinjiang, China. [Source: USGS/EHP]
  • Magnitude 7.8, March 14,  1965 AT 15:53:06 UTC  [NO FURTHER DETAILS AVAILABLE.] Remarks: Two people were injured at Peshawar, Pakistan. Slight damage occurred in Afghanistan and western Pakistan. The shock was felt as far away as New Delhi, India and Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Uzbek SSR, USSR).

FEWW Forecast:

Further seismicity in the region should be expected in the coming days and weeks. An earthquake measuring up to 8.4 may occur in the region with a probability of 60 percent.

This Earthquake

  • Magnitude:   6.2 [possibly as high as 6.5 Mw]
  • Date-Time:  Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 19:51:28 UTC   [Friday, October 23, 2009 at 12:21:28 AM at epicenter]
  • Location: 36.471°N, 70.925°E
  • Depth: 196.5 km (122.1 miles)
  • Region: HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
  • Distances:
    • 75 km (50 miles) SSE of Feyzabad, Afghanistan
    • 115 km (70 miles) NW of Chitral, Pakistan
    • 130 km (80 miles) SSW of Khorugh, Tajikistan
    • 270 km (165 miles) NE of KABUL, Afghanistan
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 7.3 km (4.5 miles); depth +/- 28.6 km (17.8 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID:  us2009nbbf

Historic Seismicity Map

hist seis
Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green- (Source: USGS/EHP)

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Human Enhanced World Disasters: A Quick Scan

Posted by feww on October 28, 2008

Honduras

Dozens of people have been killed among 270,000 Hondurans who have been affected by severe flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains, and at least 20,000 others have been forced to flee their homes for shelters. Half of those affected are children. UNICEF


17 of the 18 Departments [regions] of Honduras have experienced flooding. Photo Source: BBC. Image may be subject to copyright.

The Permanent Commission for Contingencies (COPECO) has reported

  • 33 deaths were reported a
  • 42,234 persons evacuated
  • 467 houses were destroyed
  • 10,000 homes are flooded or damaged.
  • About 100,000 hectares of crops have been lost.
  • Approximately 50% of the roads are damaged or destroyed.
  • Some 114 out of 298 municipalities are affected.
  • Public health is an area of concerns even though no outbreaks have been reported.
  • PAHO/WHO reports that 14 potable water systems are damaged.
  • Currently no severe food security issues, but the next production will be affected.

The main health concerns are gastrointestinal diseases and acute respiratory infections. Primary needs include portable latrines, water purification and household hygiene kits.

Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Belize

Up to 100,000 people have also been affected by the flooding in the neighboring Central American countries of Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Belize.

Haiti and Cuba

Two of the countries most impacted by the devastating 2008 hurricane season so far effects on are Haiti and Cuba. Widespread crop damage due to the numerous storms has aggravated the effects of the global food crisis, raising concerns about nutrition for children and pregnant/breastfeeding mothers. UNICEF

Kenya

As the drought worsens due to the generally poor long rains this year food security deteriorates in kenya. The worst affected areas include Turkana, Mandera, Samburu, Baringo, Marsabit, Wajir, Moyale and Garissa districts. Also affected are the districts of Isiolo, Laikipia, Ijara, Taita Taveta, Kitui, Mwingi, Makueni, Mbeere, Malindi, Kilifi, Kwale, and Tana River districts. Source: Office of the President

DR Congo

Tens of thousands of civilians are fleeing from the areas of Tongo, Kalengera, Kabiza and Rumangabo, in the North Kivu province (east Democratic Republic of Congo), where new fighting broke out Friday between the Congolese military and rebels of the renegade pro-Rwandan general Laurent Nkunda. Source: (MISNA)

Bangladesh

Several people have been killed, and dozens injured as tropical storm Rashmi struck southern Bangladesh damaging thousands of homes, uprooting trees and destroying vast areas of croplands. Further details of certain damage to coastal areas are not yet available.

Cyclone Sidr destroyed the coastal areas last November, killing up to 3,500 and displacing about two million people. (Reuters)

Pakistan

More than 15 per cent of the children, living in the camps set up by the government for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Bajaur tribal region, are suffering from malnutrition. (source: DG Newspapers)

Meanwhile, a strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake centered about 60 km (35 miles) NNE of Quetta, Pakistan, 640 km (400 miles) WSW of the capital, Islamabad, struck at 04:09:58 am local time, on October 29, 2008, killing at least 135 people, injuring hundreds more, making about 15,000 homeless.

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Earthquake victims dig through rubble after an earthquake in Ziarat, Baluchistan province, in this video grab taken October 29, 2008. Photo: REUTERS/Express TV via Reuters TV (PAKISTAN). NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. PAKISTAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN PAKISTAN. Image may be subject to copyright.

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