M 7.7 PAKISTAN on September 24th 2013 at 11:29 UTC
Last update: 26 September 2013 at 08:45 UTC
A major M7.7 earthquake hit Pakistan, Balochistan region, in Awaran district on Sept. 24th at 11:29 UTC (16:29 local time), 290km north of Karachi, in a mostly rural area. The earthquake was largely felt in Pakistan and as far as Sultanate of Oman, United Arab Emirates and India (New Dehli), 1,110 km away of the epicenter. Five M5 aftershocks have been recoded in the first 24 hours after the main shock.
The earthquake caused at least 350 victims as many houses were flattened in Awaran region.
More information on the main shock is available here. If you have experienced this earthquake, you are invited to answer the online questionnaire. Your testimony will be useful to update the Intensity map here below, where intensities correspond to the effects of the earthquake.
Apparition of an island near the port of Gwadar
In the hours afters after the quake, witnesses noticed a small island had appeared in waters off the nearby port town of Gwadar. The island is up to 200m long and 100m wide, officials say (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24222760). Temporary islands were formed near the time of the M8.1 1945 Makran earthquake. These islands have been attributed to mud volcano’s and were eroded below the sea level within a year. According to local witnesses, the islands emits flammable gas : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24272552
Regional deadly earthquakes
- On April 16th, 2013 a M7.8 earthquake hit the Iran-Pakistan border region (360 km away, east) and caused 40 victims. More information here: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/218/M-7-8-IRAN-PAKISTAN-BORDER-REGION-on-April-16th-2013-at-10-44-UTC
- On Oct. 8th, 2005, a M7.6 earthquake hit central Kashmir (1,100 km away, north-east), killed at least 75,000 people and left several million homeless in one of the worst natural disasters to hit Pakistan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Kashmir_earthquake
- Nov 1945 Makran earthquake: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1945_Balochistan_earthquake
- In May 1935 Quetta earthquake caused 30,000 to 60,000 deaths: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1935_Quetta_earthquake.
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