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Deadly Aftershock Strikes NNE of Awaran, Pakistan

Posted by feww on September 28, 2013

M6.8 strikes at a depth of 14.8km near Awaran

The quake has killed at least a dozen people and injured more than two dozen others, after it destroyed several houses in Nokjo district of Awaran, Baluchistan, according to early reports.

Meantime, death toll from an earlier earthquake that struck the region on September 24 has reached 515, with about 1,000 others injured, according to local officials.

The earlier quake, which was followed by several  significant aftershocks, destroyed thousands of homes in villages near the epicenter, affecting more than 300,000 people in the sparsely populated region.

This earthquake was an aftershock which occurred approximately 30 km to the NNE of the September 24, 2013 M7.7 event, according to USGS/EHP.

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EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

  • Event Time: 2013-09-28 07:34UTC
  • Epicenter: 27.263°N, 65.587°E
  • Depth: 14.8km (9.2mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 96km NNE of Awaran, Pakistan
    • 135km NNW of Bela, Pakistan
    • 811km ENE of Muscat, Oman

Tectonic Summary

The September 28, 2013 M6.8 earthquake in south-central Pakistan occurred as the result of oblique-strike-slip motion at shallow crustal depths. This earthquake is an aftershock located approximately 30 km to the north-northeast of the September 24, 2013 M7.7 event, which struck with a similar faulting mechanism. As with the September 24 event, the September 28 earthquake mechanism and location are consistent with rupture within the Eurasia plate above the Makran subduction zone. The event occurred within the transition zone between northward subduction of the Arabia plate beneath the Eurasia plate and northward collision of the India plate with the Eurasia plate. … Makran subduction zone has produced large devastating earthquakes and tsunamis. Read more…

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – September 25, 2013

Posted by feww on September 25, 2013

Toll from Pakistan quake rises

About 1,000 people were killed or injured after a powerful 7.7Mw quake on Tuesday struck Baluchistan region in SW Pakistan, reports said.

“Two hundred and eighty five bodies have so far been recovered in the Awaran district,” the deputy commissioner of Awaran, the worst affected area, told Reuters.

“And 42 bodies were found in the neighboring Kech district,” he added.

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Typhoon USAGI Kills Dozens in China

Typhoon USAGi has killed at least 29 people since making landfall in Shanwei City, in south China’s Guangdong Province on Sunday, authorities said.

As of Tuesday evening, the typhoon had affected 9.23 million people, forcing more than 530,000 residents in the province to relocate, said a report.

USAGI has ruined 152,000 hectares of crops of and destroyed 15,000 houses, causing direct economic losses of 17.76 billion yuan ($2.9billion), the report said.

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120,000 displaced Filipinos face humanitarian crisis: UN

Two weeks of fighting between government troops and rebels has forced more than 138,000 Filipinos to flee their homes. The clashes have left about 132 people dead, and more than 10,000 home destroyed in Zamboanga and the neighboring Basilan province.

The displaced victims are at risk of disease from unsanitary conditions, said the UN.

  • Estimated no of people affected in Zamboanga City and Basilan: 257,131
  • Estimated no of people displaced in Zamboanga City: 119,952
  • Estimated no of people displaced in Basilan: 18,890
  • Source: UNOCHA

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Iraq Body Count for September rapidly reaching 1,000

At least 22 more people were killed in Iraq on Tuesday, raising the September death toll so far to 940 civilians, according to IBC.

As of September 24, at least 5,550 people, both civilians and military personnel, have been killed and more than 13,000 other wounded in Iraq since the beginning of 2013, according to figures procvided by UNAMI and others.

Meantime, “insurgents on Wednesday carried out a coordinated gunfire and car bomb attack on government facilities and security forces in the Hawijah city in Iraq’s oil-rich province of Kirkuk, killing 15 people and wounding 30 others,” said a report.

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The health situation continues to deteriorate across Syria

“Some 60 per cent of public hospitals, 34 per cent of public health centres and 92 per cent of public ambulances have been affected. Around 212 health care staff have been killed, injured or kidnapped. In some locations, including Homs, 50 per cent of doctors have left  the country. In and around Aleppo city, only 36 doctors are practicing comp ared to 5,000 before the crisis. Around 70 per cent of pharmaceutical plants in the country have been impacted,” said UN OCHA.

Current Humanitarian Crisis
Population: 21.4m
No. of people in need: 6.8m
No. of IDPs: 4.25m
No. of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries & North Africa: 2.1m

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State of Emergency declared around Olympic city Sochi due to flooding

Russian authorities declared a state of emergency in Sochi and evacuated a village after flooding and mudslides swamped the city that will host the Winter Olympics, said a report.

“A highway leading to some of the Alpine event venues was flooded by up to 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) of water, which emergency workers said they were trying to drain, the regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry said.”

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Monsoon rains enhanced by USAGI kill dozens in Vietnam and Cambodia

Heavy monsoon rains exacerbated by Typhoon USAGI have buffeted  parts of Vietnam and Cambodia, triggering severe flooding and mudslides and killing at least 36 people, authorities said.

The death toll from USAGI exceeds 100, as of posting. Countries  worst-affected by the powerful typhoon were Philippines, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

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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

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eq location map - Pakistan

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Powerful Quake Kills Dozens in Pakistan

Posted by feww on September 24, 2013

M7.7 earthquake strikes 66km NNE of Awaran, Pakistan

A powerful quake measuring 7.7Mw struck 66km north-northeast of Awaran, a remote part of the Baluchistan province in southwestern Pakistan, USGS/EHP reported.

The quake, centered 27.000°N, 65.514°E, struck at a depth of about 20km. Tremors were felt as far east as the Indian capital New Delhi, as well Karachi in Pakistan.

The quake has left at least 100 people dead or injured, and destroyed scores of mud houses in Awaran, according to early reports.

Aftershocks

At least 5 significant aftershocks followed the mainshock, as of posting, with the strongest measuring 5.9Mw.

EQ Location Map [USGS/EHP]

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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

Estimated Fatalities: Red Alert

USGS has issued a Red Alert Level for shaking-related fatalities, which means high casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response.

Estimated Economic Losses

USGS has issued an Orange Alert Level for economic losses. Significant damage is likely. Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of Pakistan.


Tectonic Summary [USGS]

The September 24, 2013 M7.7 earthquake in south-central Pakistan occurred as the result of oblique-strike-slip type motion at shallow crustal depths. The location and mechanism of the earthquake are consistent with rupture within the Eurasia plate above the Makran subduction zone. The event occurred within the transition zone between northward subduction of the Arabia plate beneath the Eurasia plate and northward collision of the India plate with the Eurasia plate. The epicenter of the event is 69km north of Awaran, Pakistan, and 270km north of Karachi, Pakistan (population 11.6 million). Read More…

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