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Deadly Earthquake Strikes N. Afghanistan

Posted by feww on October 26, 2015

UPDATE: The event posted earlier has been downgraded to a magnitudes 7.5Mw.

M7.5 earthquake strikes northern Afghanistan

The earthquake parameters may be subject to additional changes due to procedural issues at USGS/EHP.

Centered at 36.441°N 70.717°E, about 254km NNE of Kabul, the quake occurred at a depth of 212.5 km, USGS/EHP reported.

USGS has issued an “Orange” alert level for shaking-related fatalities. This means significant casualties are possible and the disaster is potentially widespread. Past events with this alert level have required a regional or national level response.

  • Scores of fatalities and hundreds of injuries have been reported in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Death toll is likely to rise.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 7.5Mw (downgraded from 7.7)
Location:36.441°N 70.717°E depth=212.5 km (132.1 mi)
Time:2015-10-26 09:09:32 (UTC)

  • 45km (28mi) N of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan
  • 48km (30mi) SSW of Jarm
  • 76km (47mi) S of Fayzabad
  • 77km (48mi) WSW of Ashkasham
  • 150km E of Konduz (FEWW)
  • 254km (158mi) NNE of Kabul

At least two aftershock measuring 4.8 and 4.7Mw reported as of posting.

Latest map of the 881 felt reports collected through LastQuake amsrtphone app and EMSC websites

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Earthquake location Map. Source: USGS/EHP.

The quake was felt across a vast region including India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Nepal and Western China.

Related Links

  • For previous quakes in the region use search term “Hindu Kush”

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – October 18, 2014

Posted by feww on October 18, 2014

SCENARIOS  888, 887, 785, 444, 200, 111, 100, 071, 070, 066, 047, 027, 024, 023, 04, 02

Cyclone HUDHUD: At least 41 dead, tens of thousands of homes destroyed

Death toll from cyclone HUDHUD has climbed to at least 41 in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, with tens of thousands of homes flattened and large swathes of crops destroyed.

Moisture carried north into Himalaya by the cyclone caused severe snowstorms in Nepal unleashing avalanches around Annapurna, the world’s 10th-highest peak (8,090m), killing at least 39 hikers, injuring nearly 200 others and leaving more than 50 missing, as of posting.

US carries out its 400th drone attack in Pakistan

US has carried out at least 400 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004, killing about 2,400 people, but only 4% of drone victims in Pakistan were al Qaeda members, said a report.

“Only 704 of the 2,379 dead have been identified, and only 295 of these were reported to be members of some kind of armed group,” reported the  Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

US drone strikes and other US covert actions are currently being conducted in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, said the report.

Hurricane GONZALO Slams into Bermuda

GONZALO slammed into Bermuda with winds of about 180 km/h ( category 3 hurricane) cutting power to tens of thousands of customers, and causing what is believed to be widespread damage across the 53-km² Island.

Roads are blocked by fallen trees and downed utility poles, with serious damage across the island caused by powerful winds and flooding, the Royal Gazette reported.

In 2003, Hurricane FABIAN, also a Category 3 storm, raked the island, causing about $300 million in damage.

GONAZALO caused destruction in the Caribbean earlier, killing at least one person in St. Maarten, according to reports.

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