Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Earth Science News .




SHAKE AND BLOW
Heavy toll feared as big quake hits Pakistan
by Staff Writers
Quetta, Pakistan (AFP) Sept 24, 2013


Heavy casualties were feared Tuesday after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan, demolishing houses and sending people running into the streets in panic.

The quake struck at 4:29 pm local time (1129 GMT) around 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of the city of Khuzdar in Baluchistan province, at a depth of 15 kilometres.

The area of the epicentre is sparsely populated, but the USGS issued a red alert for the quake, warning that heavy casualties were likely, based on past data.

Officials said the tremors had demolished dozens of mud houses in Awaran district, 350 kilometres southwest of provincial capital Quetta

Jan Muhammad Baledi, a spokesman for the Baluchistan government said an emergency had been declared in Awaran.

"We have received reports that many homes in Awaran district have been collapsed. We fear many deaths of people," he said on ARY news channel.

"There are not many doctors in the area but we are trying to provide maximum facilities in the affected areas."

Television footage showed collapsed houses, caved in roofs and people sitting in the open air outside their homes, the rubble of mud and bricks scattered around them.

A senior Pakistani meteorologist, Muhammad Riaz, told Dunya TV station it was a "major" earthquake and "heavy destruction" was likely.

Tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi, while office workers in the city of Ahmedabad near the border with Pakistan ran out of buildings and into the street.

Mumtaz Baluch, senior local administration official in Awaran district, told AFP: "There are reports of houses being collapsed in the district due to the earthquake."

"We also have initial information about injuries to people as a result of the collapse of houses but there are no reports of any deaths."

"We have dispatched our teams to the affected area to ascertain the losses."

Abdul Qudoos Bizinjo, deputy speaker Baluchistan Assembly told Dunya TV there were reports of "heavy losses" in Awaran. Damage to the mobile network was hampering communication in the area, he said.

In April a 7.8-magnitude quake centred in southeast Iran, close to the border with Baluchistan, killed 41 people and affected more than 12,000 on the Pakistan side of the border.

People working in offices Karachi rushed out of their building and sat on the footpaths along the roads or stood away from the buildings.

"My work table jerked a bit and again and I impulsively rushed outside," Noor Jabeen, a 28-year woman working for an insurance company said while breathing heavily.

"It was not so intense but it was terrible," said Owais Khan, who works for a provincial government office.

"Whenever I feel jolts it reminds me of the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir," said Amjad Ali, 45, IT official standing on the road said.

A 7.6 magnitude quake in 2005 centred in Kashmir, killed at least 73,000 people and left several million homeless in one of the worst natural disasters to hit Pakistan.

.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





SHAKE AND BLOW
Seismologists puzzle over largest deep earthquake ever recorded
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Sep 24, 2013
A magnitude 8.3 earthquake that struck deep beneath the Sea of Okhotsk on May 24, 2013, has left seismologists struggling to explain how it happened. At a depth of about 609 kilometers (378 miles), the intense pressure on the fault should inhibit the kind of rupture that took place. "It's a mystery how these earthquakes happen. How can rock slide against rock so fast while squeezed by the ... read more


SHAKE AND BLOW
US Navy moves to tighten security checks after shooting

Australians should be told of boat turn-backs, ex-navy chief

Obama: Navy Yard shooting must inspire gun law change

In Mexico, storms dredge up human errors

SHAKE AND BLOW
New Model Should Expedite Development of Temperature-Stable Nano-Alloys

Balkans gold rush prompts pollution fears

Environmentally friendly cement is stronger than ordinary cement

X-ray science taps bug biology to design better materials and reduce pollution

SHAKE AND BLOW
Spinning CDs to Clean Sewage Water

Current pledges put over 600 million people at risk of higher water scarcity

Algorithm finds missing phytoplankton in Southern Ocean

Worst watershed stresses may become the new normal

SHAKE AND BLOW
Achilles' heel of ice shelves is beneath the water, scientists reveal

Research: Strong winds may contribute to more sea ice in Antarctica

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum in 2013 is Sixth Lowest on Record

Russia mulls piracy charge against Greenpeace protesters

SHAKE AND BLOW
China takes 12.5% stake in Russian potash giant: company

Smithfield agrees to takeover by China's Shuanghui

Research minimizes effects of federal produce standards on mushroom industry

Brazil rancher's conviction upheld in US nun's death

SHAKE AND BLOW
Seismologists puzzle over largest deep earthquake ever recorded

GOES Satellite Catches Three Tropical Cyclones in One Shot, Sees Gabrielle Absorbed

Heavy toll feared as big quake hits Pakistan

Heavy rains kill 36 in Vietnam, Cambodia

SHAKE AND BLOW
Akgeria: Bouteflika seeks to outflank rival generals

160 UN peacekeepers desert Mali posts: military

Three Ivorian police killed in attacks

Uganda suspends 24 officers over Somalia corruption

SHAKE AND BLOW
Findings in Middle East suggest early human routes into Europe

Paleorivers across Sahara may have supported ancient human migration routes

Orangutans plan their future route and communicate it to others

New evidence that orangutans and gorillas can match images based on biological categories




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement