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Posted by feww on April 18, 2017


Earthquake strikes NE of Kabul, Afghanistan

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 5.0 mb [emsc-csem]
Date/time: 2017-04-17 @ 23:04:35.6 UTC
Location: 36.53 N, 70.88 E
Depth: 188km

  • 271 km NE of Kabul, Afghanistan / pop: 3,044,000
  • 70 km S of Fayzabad, Afghanistan / pop: 44,500
  • 37 km S of Jarm, Afghanistan / pop: 12,200

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Another Strong Earthquake Rattles Hindu Kush

Posted by feww on April 10, 2016

M6.6 quake jolts Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan

Centered at 36.492°N, 71.156°E the quake struck at a depth of 210.4km, reported USGS/EHP.

The quake was felt within a 400-km radius of the epicenter, in as many as six countries, and as far south as northern Faisalabad, Pakistan.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.6Mw [Subject to change due to procedural issues at USGS/EHP]

Location: 36.492°N 71.156°E depth=210.4 km (130.7 mi)
Time: 2016-04-10 10:28:58 (UTC)

  • 39.0 km (24.2 mi) WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan
  • 48.0 km (29.8 mi) WSW of Ishkashim, Tajikistan
  • 50.0 km (31.1 mi) SE of Jarm, Afghanistan
  • 86.0 km (53.4 mi) SE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan
  • 282.0 km (175.2 mi) NE of Kabul, Afghanistan

A deadly earthquake measuring  7.5Mw struck the Hindu Kusnh region on October 26, 2015 killing at least 300 people with more than  2,000 others injured.

The quake has affected a vast region, and caused major devastation to multiple communities.

In 2005, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Pakistan-administered Kashmir, killing more than 75,000 people.

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Manipur Region, India

Posted by feww on January 4, 2016

M6.7 strikes near Imphal, India

Centered at 24.834°N, 93.656°E the quake occurred at a depth of 55.0 km (34.2 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

The quake was felt as far away as Kathmandu in the NW, Kolkata in the SW, Coxs Bazar in the SSE, and Dibrugarth in the NNW’.

Strong Shaking = Radius of 200 – 250km

According to thed USGS/EHP model:

  • Estimated Fatalities: 100 – 1,000 (P = 33%)
  • Estimated Economic Losses: USD100 – 1,000 million (P = 35%)

Structure Information Summary

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick masonry and adobe block with wood construction.

Secondary Effects

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

Initial Reports

Up to 8 fatalities and 150 injuries reported, as of posting.

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan

Posted by feww on December 26, 2015

M6.3 quake strikes NE Afghanistan

Centered at 36.500°N, 71.132°E, about 280km NE of Kabul, Afghanistan the event occurred at a depth of 203.4km, reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.3Mw
Location: 36.500°N, 71.132°E – 41km WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan
Depth: 203.4km
Time: 2015-12-25 19:14:47 UTC

  • 40 km SW of Ishqoshim, Tajikistan [pop: 26,000]
  • 85 km SE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan [pop: 44,421]
  • 280km NE of Kabul, Afghanistan [pop: 3.73 million]
  • 280 km N of Peshāwar, Pakistan [pop: 1.22 million]

Recent Events in Hindu Kush Region

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Afghanistan-Pakistan Earthquake – UPDATE

Posted by feww on November 11, 2015

Deadly earthquake: Clearer picture of death and destruction emerging

Background: A magnitude 7.5Mw earthquake struck northern Afghanistan on October 26, killing hundreds of people, leaving more than 2,000 others injured, and damaging or destroying about 120,000 homes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

The deadly quake was centered at 36.441°N 70.717°E, about 254km NNE of Kabul, striking at a depth a depth of 212.5 km, USGS/EHP reported.

Casualties by country

Pakistan: 28o dead; 1,982 injured
Afghanistan: 115 dead; 538 injured
India: 4 dead; 20 injured
Tajikistan: No reported death; 14 injured
Total: 399 dead;  2,554 injured, as of posting.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the worst affected area, 31 percent of the fatalities were women and 38 per cent children, OCHA quoted the officials as saying.

Hundreds of casualties were also reported in Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), Pakistan Administered Kashmir/Gilgit Baltistan, and Punjab, said the report.

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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.

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

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Thousands Evacuated as U.S. Wildfires Grow

Posted by feww on June 11, 2012

Wildfires in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and California force thousands to evacuate, consume hundreds of structures

New Mexico. The Little Bear Fire located in Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest, and the White Mountain Wilderness, has now grown to more than 26,000 acres (~ 41 sq miles; 105km²), destroying or damaging dozens of structures.

Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, Sierra Vista, Sontara (1,2 and 3), Rancho Ruidoso, Copper Canyon, and Loma Grande; Eagle Lakes Campground, Eagle Creek summer homes, Ski Run Road (State Highway 532) at mile marker 3, State Highway 48 to Capitan, and State Highway 37 to Highway 380 and Ski Apache.

Shelters: First Baptist Church on Country Club Road, Church of Christ on Sudderth Road in Ruidoso, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to J&J Country Church in Ruidoso, or the fairgrounds in Capitan.

The blaze is 0% contained, and is aided by air temps of 82ºF, relative humidity of less than 6 percent, and westerly winds of 20mph.

Colorado. The High Park Fire, located approximately 15 miles west of Fort Collins, was sparked Saturday June 9th  and has consumed  more than 20,000 acres (~ 31 sq miles; 81km²); the blaze continues to grow rapidly.

  • The blaze has a HIGH growth potential among areas of rough terrain and beetle killed trees.
  • The fire has damaged or destroyed at least 2 dozens structure, threatening many more.
  • New evacuation order for the area south of County Road 38E from Gindler Ranch Road west to Milner Ranch Road (325 notifications). This area is located south and west of the Horsetooth Reservoir inlet. The High Park Fire is moving rapidly in this direction, Inciweb reported.
  • Other evacuation orders include:
    • Crystal Mountain area including Crystal Mountain Road and the Upper Buckhorn. The burning pattern of High Park Fire could potentially cut off exit routes for residents in this area and they should leave now (24 notifications).
    • Any residents who have not already left the Crystal Mountain Area must now evacuate to the west on Buckhorn Road. County Road 27 is no longer passable so evacuation to the east is impossible.
    • Evacuation orders have also been issued for the Bonner Peak Subdivision (183 notifications), Buckhorn Rd from CR27 to Pennock Pass and residents to the south approximately 3/4-1 mile. (69 notifications). Evacuation order issued for the area North of CR38E, from Horsetooth Reservoir to Redstone Canyon to Lory State Park. (326 notifications)
    • Evacuations have been ordered for Stove Prairie Road north along County Road 27 to Highway 14, east along Highway 14 to approximately mile marker 111, southeast to Rist Canyon Fire Station 1, then back west to to include Wilderness Ridge Way, Rist Creek Road, Spring Valley Road and County Road 41 and all of the roads that run off of it.
    • All of Rist Canyon (west of 27E) and all roads off of it, including Whale Rock Road and Davis Ranch Road. South 3 additional miles on County Road 44H to just north of Stringtown Gulch Road.
    • At 11:10 P.M. an evacuation alert has been sent to the Poudre Park (along Highway 14) area from mile marker 111 to mile marker 118.
    • Additionally Highway 14 from Ted’s Place to Stove Prairie is closed, as well as Stove Prairie Road and Rist Canyon. Additional evacuations as of approximately 5 a.m. Sunday include all residents from County Road 27E to Bellvue and for the area south and west of Bellvue, including Lory State Park and Red Stone Canyon, and Buckhorn Road from Masonville up to Stove Prairie School.
    • Evacuation ordered for CR 29C and McMurry Ranch Road (33 notifications). Approximately 2,200 notifications (contacts, not residents) have been sent for evacuations on this fire.

Gila National Forest wildfire

New Mexico’s Gov. Martinez has already declared state of emergency in Catron County, where the largest wildfire in state’s history,  Gila National Forest wildfire (Whitewater Baldy Complex fire), has consumed about 280,000 acres, with 37% contained.

The fire is currently aided by air temps of 86ºF, relative humidity of less than 7 percent.

See also: Disaster Declared as Little Bear Fire Grows

Wyoming. A wildfire in Wyoming’s Guernsey State Park has consumed ABOUT 4,000 acres and forced the evacuation of up to 1,000 campers and visitors, AP reported.

Other Major Fires include

  • Arizona. Gladiator – 16,240 acres – Prescott National Forest – 45% contained.
  • California.  George Bush Fire – 1,707 acres – George Bush Tree/Golden Trout Wilderness – Sequoia National Forest – 85% contained.
  • Colorado. Little Sand – 8,238 acres – San Juan National Forest – 13 miles NW of Pagosa Springs – 30% contained.
  • Utah. Box Creek Fire – 5 miles west of Greenwich – 2,018 acres – 75% contained.
  • Utah. Lost Lake Fires – 2,076 acres – Fishlake National Forest – 55% contained.
  • Wyoming.  Cow Camp Fire – 8,493 acres – Medicine Bow – Routt National Forest – 20 Miles NE of Wheatland –  70% contained.

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • China.  Extreme rain events in southern China have left large parts of Jiangxi, Hunan and Guizhou provinces submerged affecting millions of people.
    • Thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed.
    • Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated.
    • Tens of thousands of hectares of crop have been destroyed.
    • Flooding in Hunan province triggered massive landslides blocking major railroads, including Hukun Railway, which connects Shanghai and Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, a report said.
    • The authorities reported about a dozen dead or missing.
  • Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.Two earthquakes measuring 5.4 and 5.7Mw struck Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, about 175km north of Kabul.
    •  The quakes destroyed dozens of homes in Dara Azara, a remote village in the Baghlan province, burying about 100 people in the rubble, reports said.

Up-to-date weekly average CO2 at Mauna Loa (ESRL/Global Monitoring Division)

  • Week of June 3, 2012:     395.38 ppm
  • Weekly value from 1 year ago:     393.69 ppm
  • Weekly value from 10 years ago:     375.82 ppm

The graph, updated weekly, shows as individual points daily mean CO2 up to and including the week (Sunday through Saturday) previous to today. The daily means are based on hours during which CO2 was likely representative of “background” conditions, defined as times when the measurement is representative of air at mid-altitudes over the Pacific Ocean. That air has had several days time or more to mix, smoothing out most of the CO2 variability encountered elsewhere, making the measurements representative of CO2 over hundreds of km or more. The selection process is designed to filter out any influence of nearby emissions, or removals, of CO2 such as caused by the vegetation on the island of Hawaii, and likewise emissions from the volcanic crater of Mauna Loa. The weekly mean (red bar) is simply the average of all days in the week for which a background value could be defined. The average standard deviation of day to day variability, calculated as the difference from the appropriate weekly mean, equals 0.38 ppm for the entire record. As a visual aid, the blue lines present monthly means of background data as they are presented under Recent Monthly CO2 at Mauna Loa. PDF Version.
ESRL/Mauna Loa Global Monitoring Division.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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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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