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Afghanistan Quake, Leaves 100 Dead and Injured

Posted by feww on April 20, 2010

M5.6 Earthquake Strikes Afghanistan Killing about a dozen people and injuring dozens more.

The quake was centered at 35.669°N, 67.653°E and struck at a depth of about 10km on April 18, 2010 at 20:28:50 UTC. The Moderators expected some casualties as a result of the quake, but there was no immediate news of casualties or damage available initially.

“The villages were destroyed and the local routes were blocked from slipping mountain rocks on to the roads,” said Hajji Ghulam Sakhi Baghlani, the provincial assistant governor, UPI reported.

The death toll could rise as more people could be buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings, he said.

According to another report hundreds of livestock had perished as a result of the quake which also left 300 homes damaged.

The area where this quake occurred is close to Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush Mountains, which is earthquake-prone. NATO bombardment in the region, past and present, could trigger more violent quakes.

10-degree Map Centered at 35°N,70°E

Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP.Click image to enlarge.

Seismic Hazard Map

Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green. Source: USGS/EHP.

Felt Reports: Felt (IV) at Mazar-e Sharif. Felt (II) at Kabul and Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Also felt at Baghlan, Bagrami, Bamian, Baraki Barak, Gaz Aab, Pangabv, SHebergan and Sahrak, USGS/EHP said.

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude 5.4 [USGS/EHP estimate]
  • Date-Time:
    • Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 20:28:50 UTC
    • Monday, April 19, 2010 at 12:58:50 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 35.669°N, 67.653°E
  • Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)
  • Distances:
    • 125 km (80 miles) SSE of Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan
    • 180 km (110 miles) SSE of Termiz (Termez), Uzbekistan
    • 180 km (110 miles) SSW of Shaartuz, Tajikistan
    • 190 km (115 miles) NW of KABUL, Afghanistan
  • Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 4.9 km (3.0 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010vfby

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UNSG Calls Aral Sea “Shocking Disaster”

Posted by feww on April 4, 2010

Serial No  1,534. If any posts are blocked in your country, please drop us a line.

As if he spent the last half century sleeping, UN’s Secretary General is suddenly awoken to the  “shocking disaster” of dying Aral Sea

The Aral Sea is an endorheic basin located in Central Asia shared between Kazakhstan  in the north and Uzbekistan, in the south.

Map of Aral Sea. Source: World Bank.

Once described as the world’s fourth largest lake, fed by two major rivers of Amu Darya in the south, and the Syr Darya in the north,  Aral Sea spanned an area of about  70,000 km² with a total volume of more than 1 trillion cubic meters  (1,000 cubic km) in 1960. The bountiful sea provided annual catches of about 50,000 tons without fail.  The scenic deltas of its major tributaries, dotted with dozens of smaller lakes, were rich wetlands and marshes teeming with life, covering an area larger than half a million hectares.

It reduced to a pond measuring about 8% of its original size in 2007, and split into three lakes: North Aral Sea, and the two heavily shrunk eastern and western basins of the South Aral Sea.

The south-eastern lake completely disappeared last year, leaving behind the south-western lake, now a thin strip of shallow water. (See image).

Aral Sea captured by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite –  true-color image dated March 26, 2010. A plume of dust blows from the sediments of the South Aral Sea toward the southeast, along the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan border. Northeast of the plume, two red outlines indicate hotspots associated with fires.The lakebed sediments, prone to forming dust plumes, have become a repository for salt, fertilizers, and pesticides and pose a threat to human health in the region. Source: Nasa/Modis website.

Two images of Aral Sea. L: 2008. R:1989.  Source: Nasa

This natural-color satellite image shows the Aral Sea on August 16, 2008. The colored contour lines show the approximate shorelines of the sea since 2000. The image is from the MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite. The contour lines are based on MODIS data. The image documents the progress of a conservation plan to stabilize the North Aral Sea, and the continued decline of the South Aral Sea. Deeper, clearer waters are darker blue; shallower, murkier waters are greenish. Source: Nasa

Ban Ki Moon – In his Role as a Representative for Big Oil

“I was so shocked, [the dying Aral Sea is] clearly one of the worst environmental disasters in the world.”  Ban said after viewing the sea by helicopter, Reuters reported.

[You mean you lived for 67 years and made it it to the top of the UN without learning about the Aral Sea?]

UNSG is currently touring five former Soviet republics in Central Asia “that lie on some of the world’s biggest untapped oil, gas, uranium and gold reserves.” The report said.

Ban is now reduced to an agent for the oil industry using the old trick “poor people, rich resources, why not explore?”

“I urge all the leaders (of Central Asia), including President (Islam ) Karimov of Uzbekistan to sit down together and try to find solutions,” said Ban, before a meeting with the Uzbek leader.

“All specialized agencies of the United Nations will provide necessary assistance and expertise,” he said.

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