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Magnitude 7.6 Eartquake Rocks Pakistan

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posted on Oct, 8 2005 @ 12:22 AM
A Magnitude 7.6 earthquake just rocked Pakistan about 95 kilometers (60 miles) north northeast if Islamabad. Many phonelines went down, which will slow down reports of damages or casualities. A quake as strong as this causes a lot of widespread damage. Part of a 19-story building collapsed in Islamabad. It was felt in Afghanistan and India as well. There will be more as the reports start to come in...

USGS: Magnitude 7.6 - PAKISTAN - 2005 October 8 03:50:38 UTC

Click the picture for latest updated map from USGS

AFP: US govt says Pakistani earthquake measured 7.6

The agency said the epicenter of the tremor that occurred at 0350 GMT was located 95 kilometers (60 miles) north northeast if Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. It added that the magnitude and location of the temblor could be revised when additional data and further analysis results became known.

Witnesses reported panicked people fleeing into the streets of the Pakistani capital Islamabad and the eastern city of Lahore. "It was so severe in Lahore that we rushed out of our homes and we are still outside," said Sohail Ahmed, a local resident contacted by telephone. Witnesses in Islamabad said the ground shook for over 30 seconds, rocking buildings and causing widespread panic. A second less severe jolt lasted about five seconds. Many mosques in Islamabad started reciting special prayers straight afterwards.

"This is the strongest earthquake I have ever witnessed in my life," said Aisha Begum, 84. Screaming could be heard from across the city as people fled homes, shops and offices. The quake was felt as far away as the western Pakistani city of Quetta, some 700 kilometres (435 miles) southwest of Islamabad, and in the Afghan capital Kabul some 380 kilometres (235 miles) west of the Pakistani capital. Witnesses said many phone lines in Pakistan went down and it was not possible to get any government details of damage or casualties.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

BBC: Quake hits Indo-Pakistan border

Pakistan's army says it fears heavy damage in northern areas. A government official said the eventual death toll could be "very high".

  • The 200-year-old Moti Mahal fort in Poonch district, Indian-administered Kashmir, has collapsed.

  • Indian defence officials told the Press Trust of India there was "massive destruction" in Uri, close to the Line of Control that separates divided Kashmir. "Initial reports are that not many houses are standing."

    Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

  • Strong Aftershocks:
    USGS: Magnitude 5.9 - PAKISTAN - 2005 October 8 04:26:12 UTC
    USGS: Magnitude 5.4 - PAKISTAN - 2005 October 8 05:08:42 UTC
    USGS: Magnitude 5.6 - PAKISTAN - 2005 October 8 05:19:48 UTC
    USGS: Magnitude 5.6 - PAKISTAN - 2005 October 8 05:26:05 UTC

    Related News Sources:
    The New York Times: Strong Earthquake Rocks Indian Subcontinent
    Fox News: Major Quake Hits Pakistan, India, Afghanistan
    CNN: Big quake shakes Pakistan, India
    Quake Hits Pakistan, Afghanistan, India (AP)
    Scotsman: Quake rocks Asian nations
    ABC News: Strong earthquake rocks northern Pakistan, India Strong tremors felt across north India
    MSNBC: Quake rocks Pakistan, India, Afghanistan
    Reuters : Scores feared dead or trapped in Pakistan quake

    Related ATS Threads:
    Quake Watch (page 35)
    NEWS: Strong Earthquake Rocks Pakistan (by djohnsto77) (ATSNN)

    [edit on 2005/10/8 by Hellmutt]

    posted on Oct, 8 2005 @ 01:16 AM
    Apparently at least one village has been "wiped out" in Kashmir...

    ABC Online: Strong quake rocks Indian subcontinent

    Village 'wiped out'

    A village in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir was "wiped out" and there are reports of widespread, severe damage, the chief military spokesman said.

    The village hit by the quake was in the Bagh district of the mountainous Himalayan area, Major General Shaukat Sultan told AFP.

    "We have reports that an entire village has been wiped out in Bagh district in Kashmir," he said. "In Kashmir and the northern areas we are receiving reports of severe damage."

    The two top storeys of a residential building also collapsed in Islamabad, causing an unknown of number of casualties, witnesses said.

    Hundreds of terrified onlookers watched as people tried to rescue those trapped and ambulances were seen rushing to the Margalla towers.

    There were also reports of houses and structures collapsing in other northern cities and towns.

    Two children were killed and nearly a dozen mud-brick houses were destroyed when in parts of Afghanistan, an official said.

    "We've reports that two childern were killed, one in Charbag and one in Chapliyar districts," Haikal Shah Falah, a government employee in Jalalabad said.

    Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

    posted on Oct, 8 2005 @ 04:22 AM
    Geomagnetic field started acting up before the quake hit to:

    Rescue workers and police officers gather around the collapsed
    19-story housing complex after a severe earthquake in Islamabad, Pakistan

    Nice post Helmutt

    posted on Oct, 8 2005 @ 04:30 AM
    Geomagnetic field acting up..

    This may help explain Dulcimers post over here

    I had not heard of much solar activity, Made me wonder why Dulcimer was having such a great auroral display...hmm...the interplay...

    posted on Oct, 8 2005 @ 04:57 AM
    I've noticed in the past that the ASC - which focuses on India and Pakistan have had a banner at the top of their page which said that a big earthquake in their region was overdue. I haven't visited the page in a month or two and notice that the banner has gone now. (although I don't think that they would have had time to remove it this morning).

    Appears this quake is the strongest one in the region since 1929.

    posted on Oct, 8 2005 @ 05:04 AM
    I'd be nice if the earthquake got Usama bin Laden...I wonder if it's possible.

    posted on Oct, 8 2005 @ 05:06 AM

    Originally posted by spacedoubt
    I had not heard of much solar activity, Made me wonder why Dulcimer was having such a great auroral display...hmm...the interplay...

    A high speed stream from the sun's coronal hole 191 is the cause. Solar wind speed is up to 700 km/s which in turn causes the earth's mag field to do the Watusi.

    As for the exact relation of high levels geomagnetic activity and tetonic plate movement, it's still not too well understood since there are numerous variables involved.

    Interesting site here in these regards:

    The worst quake in 120 years in Kashmir
    Our records show that an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude was felt in the Valley with epicentre at Sopore in Baramulla district of North Kashmir on May 30, 1885, director weather office G K Mohantey told PTI here.

    Mohantey said today's earthquake had the magnitude of 7.4 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was at a place near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan at latitude 30.6 degree North and longitude 73.0 degree East.

    Hi-res topographic location map:

    [edit on 8-10-2005 by Regenmacher]

    posted on Oct, 8 2005 @ 09:51 PM
    CNN: Pakistan puts quake toll at 18,000

    More than 18,000 dead and 41,000 injured.
    These numbers could still climb higher...

    posted on Oct, 9 2005 @ 08:20 AM
    The death toll will be much higher. They say more than 30,000 died in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir alone...

    Scotsman: 30,000 now confirmed dead in quake

    More than 30,000 people are now confirmed dead following Saturday's huge earthquake in South Asia.

    More than 30,000 people, many of them students, died in the Pakistan-controlled portion of Kashmir, said Tariq Mahmmod, communications minister for the region. "I have been informed by my department that more than 30,000 people have died in Kashmir," he said.

    Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

    btw, USGS has upgraded the initial quake to Mag 7.7
    USGS: Magnitude 7.7 - PAKISTAN - 2005 October 8 03:50:38 UTC

    posted on Oct, 9 2005 @ 08:36 AM
    What is the deal with this "geomagnetic field" stuff that was spoken about?

    Anyways, yeah, there have been earthquakes here before, IIRC.

    posted on Oct, 9 2005 @ 09:55 AM

    Source: GeoTV

    GeoTV have pictures and videos as well as updated news in english.

    And here's a blog which will update with news and stuff. "News and information about resources, aid, donations and volunteer efforts after the Earthquake of October 8th, 2005." : South Asia Quake Help

    Here's a map from BBC showing the affected areas.

    [edit on 2006/8/19 by Hellmutt]

    posted on Oct, 9 2005 @ 06:00 PM
    35 Aftershocks Rock India-Pakistan Border

    Earthquakes and active faults in northern Pakistan and adjacent parts of India and Afghanistan are the direct result of the Indian subcontinent moving northward at a rate of about 40 mm/yr (1.6 inches/yr) and colliding with the Eurasian continent. USGS

    More earthquake images here:

    Earthquake death toll crosses 40,000
    * Balakot razed to the ground
    * 11,000 dead in Muzaffarabad
    * 30,000 dead in Kashmir, says minister
    * Death toll in Held Kashmir reaches 689
    * NWFP death toll may reach 7,500: Haq
    * 850 schoolchildren trapped under rubble in NWFP

    posted on Oct, 26 2005 @ 05:05 PM
    A Pakistani volcano maybe? Wow...

    The Independent: Volcano fears could force 150,000 to flee quake area

    26 October 2005

    The Pakistani army has flown two geologists to an isolated north-western valley to investigate reports of volcanic activity that could force 150,000 people already hit by the earthquake to flee Himalayan foothills.

    About 3.3 million people have already been left homeless by the quake, which killed about 80,000.

    Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

    See also: Geologist: Himalayan Quakes Could Kill Millions

    posted on Nov, 25 2005 @ 10:12 PM
    ok, this is India Daily. That being said, here´s some disturbing news (if it is true). Pakistani nuclear facilities have suffered "15 to 20 per cent damage" in the quake and the local population faces the risk of contamination.

    India Daily: Pak N-facilities damaged in quake

    Nov. 20, 2005

    Pakistani nuclear facilities and storage sites in the Northern Areas have suffered "15 to 20 per cent damage" in the recent mega quake and the local populace faces the risk of contamination, a report said.

    "While Western sources did not say that reactors had been damaged in the October 8 earthquake, they confirmed that missile silos had developed cracks and storage facilities had taken a hit". Pakistan government turned away international relief teams "because of the serious damage to the nuclear facilities in the Northern Areas"

    "To prevent leak of this massive nuclear destruction, Pakistan bottled up the local population by imposing curfew and did not permit international inspection of the disaster-hit areas"

    Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

    posted on Apr, 2 2006 @ 04:50 PM
    Pakistan are going to rebuild the city of Balakot at a completely new location. The Oct 8th 2005 quake killed more than 73,000 people and made more than 3,000,000 homeless.

    BBC: Pakistan to move quake-hit city

    2 April 2006

    Pakistan is to rebuild the city of Balakot in a completely new location after it was razed by last year's Kashmir earthquake. The city, home to 300,000 people before the quake, will be rebuilt in a safer location to modern design standards. Pakistan also announced that it will shift focus from relief efforts to begin the rebuilding of devastated towns and villages on 7 April. More than 73,000 people died and three million lost homes in the earthquake.

    Balakot is currently located on a major geological fault line

    Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

    Here is Balakot after the quake:

    Photo: Scanpix

    [edit on 2006/8/19 by Hellmutt]

    posted on Aug, 19 2006 @ 08:05 PM
    Seems like at least some of the collected money intended for the quake victims might have ended up in the wrong hands...

    Times Online: Quake aid 'is linked to terror suspects'

    August 19, 2006

    THE Pakistan earthquake appeal has emerged as a potential link between some of the terror suspects arrested over the alleged plot to destroy transatlantic aircraft using liquid bombs, The Times has learnt. A charity founded to help orphans and disaster victims provides a connection between some individuals being questioned by police on suspicion of plotting “unimaginable mass murder”. Crescent Relief London was created by Abdul Rauf, from Birmingham. Two of his sons were arrested as part of the bombing inquiry and are among the 23 suspects still being held by police after the alleged attempt to bomb planes flying between London and the United States.

    The charity Crescent Relief was operating in High Wycombe when all five suspects from the Buckinghamshire town were enthusiastically helping with the earthquake relief effort, The Times has established. A thousand tents were sent by High Wycombe to Pakistan through Crescent Relief London. An article in the Bucks Free Press said readers wishing to donate to that organisation should contact Khuram Ali and gave a mobile phone number. Mr Ali is one of the five High Wycombe suspects being held by police.

    Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

    I don't know what to say... I hope this is not true...

    If one of these (up to seven) Magnitude 8.1 - 8.3 earthquakes which are overdue along the Himalayas strikes soon, I wonder if these revelations will prevent many people from giving aid next time?

    posted on Sep, 26 2013 @ 02:28 PM
    Had to search for this... Hope we can continue to get more information, it seems things are heating up over there, and the loss of life is staggering. My prayers go out for all those suffering, this is just tragic.

    posted on Sep, 26 2013 @ 02:35 PM

    Had to search for this... Hope we can continue to get more information, it seems things are heating up over there, and the loss of life is staggering. My prayers go out for all those suffering, this is just tragic.

    Did you look at the thread date by any chance?

    posted on Sep, 27 2013 @ 01:46 AM
    reply to post by khimbar

    No, I didn't, thanks for the head-up.

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