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Peerie Maa
09-24-2013, 01:27 PM
Deadly earthquake strikes Pakistan's Balochistan (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24222760)

A powerful earthquake of 7.7 magnitude has killed at least 45 people in a remote area of south-west Pakistan, local officials say. It struck at 16:29 local time (11:29 GMT) at a depth of 20km (13 miles), 66km north-east of Awaran in Balochistan province, the United States Geological Survey said.
It was felt as far away as Karachi, Hyderabad, and India's capital, Delhi.

Bobby of Tulsa
09-24-2013, 01:31 PM
Prayers and good thoughts for you and your fellow countrymen, from us in Okieland.

seanz
09-24-2013, 01:49 PM
Syed should be fine, he's in Lahore but when he has a moment could he attempt an explanation of this. It doesn't make sense.


Pakistan quake kills 45, creates new island (http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/9205253/Pakistan-quake-kills-45-creates-new-island)


The casualties were a long way from the coast and Karachi (on the coast) got a big shake but no reports of casualties or serious damage.

hokiefan
09-24-2013, 01:59 PM
Syed should be fine, he's in Lahore but when he has a moment could he attempt an explanation of this. It doesn't make sense.


Pakistan quake kills 45, creates new island (http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/9205253/Pakistan-quake-kills-45-creates-new-island)


The casualties were a long way from the coast and Karachi (on the coast) got a big shake but no reports of casualties or serious damage.

Here's hoping the distance bodes well for Syed and his family and friends.

Looking at the map, there are mountains stretching south from the area of the quake to the coast. Towards the coast they spread from Karachi to the Qwadar area. I assume the fault that shifted went near Qwadar which is where the island appeared if I read the article correctly. ???

seanz
09-24-2013, 02:59 PM
Now the island has 'mountainous terrain".
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/09/24/pakistan_hit_by_major_earthquake.html

News story, not in English (Urdu?) but, wow, does the news reader sound bossy :D, and video.

http://www.incpak.com/balochistan/gwadar-coast-new-island-emerges-earthquake-video/

Bit fascinated by this, terrain and landscape change is something I never thought I'd experience on any scale.

Sadly, there is an expectation that the death toll will rise.

Syed
09-25-2013, 02:57 AM
Thank you, Nick, Bobby T, Sean, Bobby and all for asking about our well being. Unfortunately the tremor has caused many casualties and as the area is very remote the actual number probably will be more than reported.


Lahore did not feel the jolt whereas surprisingly, New Delhi did shake a bit which is farther from the epicentre of this earthquake.

In 1935 the city of Quetta was destroyed by an earthquake and was rebuilt later on. Pakistan / Iran border area is more prone to earthquakes.

http://www.aaj.tv/2013/09/balochistan-earthquake-death-toll-in-awaran-hits-216/

The Island seems to be a collection of mud.

Curtism
09-25-2013, 03:41 AM
Syed, you came to mind right away when I saw the headlines yesterday and I'm glad to hear you're alright. Thanks for checking in and for the additional local perspective.

PeterSibley
09-25-2013, 04:42 AM
For the very little it's worth, my sympathy .

bamamick
09-25-2013, 07:06 AM
My sympathy, as well. I have no concept of what an earthquake might feel like. Now that I have a kid living in California I have added it to my list of things to worry about.

There was an explanation of how the island was formed on NPR yesterday. As I understand it, the island will sink back into the sea at some point.

Mickey Lake

Syed
09-25-2013, 07:34 AM
...

The Island seems to be a collection of mud. ...

No it is not:

http://i.dawn.com/large/2013/09/5242c2c697065.jpg

More photos; (http://dawn.com/news/1045332/gwadars-quake-island-unlikely-to-last-experts)

Peerie Maa
09-25-2013, 02:26 PM
Thank you, Nick, Bobby T, Sean, Bobby and all for asking about our well being. Unfortunately the tremor has caused many casualties and as the area is very remote the actual number probably will be more than reported.


Lahore did not feel the jolt whereas surprisingly, New Delhi did shake a bit which is farther from the epicentre of this earthquake.

In 1935 the city of Quetta was destroyed by an earthquake and was rebuilt later on. Pakistan / Iran border area is more prone to earthquakes.

http://www.aaj.tv/2013/09/balochistan-earthquake-death-toll-in-awaran-hits-216/

The Island seems to be a collection of mud.

So glad that it went round Lahore rather than through you. My sympathies to Pakistan.