2011 Pakistan earthquake

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2011 Pakistan earthquake
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Date January 19, 2011 (2011-01-19)
(January 18 UTC)
Magnitude 7.2 Ms[1] / 7.2 Mw[1]
Depth 84 km (52.2 mi)
Epicenter 28°50′17″N 63°56′49″E / 28.838°N 63.947°E / 28.838; 63.947 (Pakistan earthquake)
Areas affected Pakistan
United Arab Emirates
Casualties 2 killed, many injuries

The 2011 Pakistan earthquake was a magnitude Mw 7.2 earthquake that had its epicenter 45 kilometers west of Dalbandin in Balochistan.[2] The epicenter is located in a sparsely populated area. The United States Geological Survey reported the earthquake took place on January 18, 2011 at 20:23:17 UTC (on January 19 at 01:23 AM local time) at 28.838°N, 63.974°E. The depth of the earthquake was reported to be 84 kilometres (52 mi).[3]

Tremors after the earthquake reached neighboring countries including Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Iran, Afghanistan, and India a few moments after the quake. The earthquake was felt with Mercali intensity MM IV in Islamabad, MM IV Karachi, MM IV in Muscat, MM IV in Delhi, MM III in Kabul, MM III in Dubai, and MM III Abu Dhabi.[1] About 200 mud houses, including some government offices, were reported damaged in the Dalbandin area of Pakistan with a cost of 2.1 billion US dollars.[4][5] Two women died of heart attacks in Quetta after the earthquake, about 330 km northeast of the epicenter, where the intensity was MM IV.[6][7]

The tectonic environment of this region is dominated by the motions of the Arabian Plate, the Indian Plate, and the Eurasian Plate. This earthquake occurred as a result of normal faulting within the lithosphere of the subducted Arabian Plate.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c "Magnitude 7.2 - SOUTHWESTERN PAKISTAN". Earthquake.usgs.gov. 2011-01-18. Archived from the original on 22 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  2. ^ the CNN Wire Staff (2011-01-18). "Major earthquake strikes southwestern Pakistan". CNN.com. Archived from the original on 19 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  3. ^ [1], British Geological Survey seismic alert, retrieved 07/05/2011.
  4. ^ the CNN Wire Staff (2011-01-18). "Homes damaged after Pakistan earthquake - CNN.com". Edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  5. ^ "Leading News Resource of Pakistan". Daily Times. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  6. ^ "Un muerto y varios heridos por terremoto en Pakistán" (in Spanish). El Economista. 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  7. ^ Ali, Saeed (2010-12-12). "Major quake rattles Pakistan | World | News". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  8. ^ "Magnitude 7.2 - SOUTHWESTERN PAKISTAN". Earthquake.usgs.gov. 2011-01-18. Archived from the original on 22 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-22.