Friday, March 14, 2008

Earthquake in Pakistan, 2005

It was an ordinary day in Pakistan, on Saturday, October 8th 2005.Everyone going about their everyday lives, then at approximately 8:50:40 AM (local time) an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 hit! It came with a maximum intensity of VIII. In other areas, such as New Delhi and Chandigarh the intensity was about IV-V. Then in Afghanistan, the intensity was about a III. The depth of the earthquake was about 26 km or 16.2 miles. Now, this all happened in northern Pakistan; 34˚N, 73˚E, to be exact. It was clearly devastating. Over 86,000 people were killed and over 69,000 were injured. And that’s only in Pakistan alone. This earthquake spread to India and Afghanistan. In India, over 1,350 were killed and 6,266 were injured. Then, in Afghanistan, at least one person was killed.
But it didn’t stop at that; there were also extensive amounts of damage. At least 32,335 buildings collapsed in Anantnag, Baramula, and Jammu. And other buildings were collapsed in Abbottabad, Gujjranwala, and Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Over 4 million people were left homeless. Imagine that, your home being destroyed in a matter of seconds. Sad right? Then rock falls and landslides destroyed several mountain roads and highways. This cut off access to the area for many days. The heaviest damage though, happened in the Muzaffarabad area. And nearby by in the town of Uri, 80% of the town was destroyed. Then in Kashmir, entire villages were destroyed. Liquefaction and sand blows in the western part of Vales of Kashmir and near Jammu hit. Also, there were many landslides and rock falls in parts of Himachal Pradesh, India. As you can see this earthquake caused a lot of damage to this part of Asia. Well, on the up side, at least it’s not like this turned out like the Great Tokyo Earthquake where about 100, 000 people were killed. In short the Pakistan earthquake was very devastating for the area.
MM2

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

intereesting facts
EK

Anonymous said...

Good facts and descriptions.



AL

Anonymous said...

very interesting...and u 4got 2 put your initials
HA1

Anonymous said...

it was very in depthjk1

Anonymous said...

Great description! Very interesting.

NV2

Anonymous said...

good details and well written. it is an exciting story.
SK2

Anonymous said...

like the details about the power of the quake and the damage that it caused. good job
-MM2

student08 said...

good job describing the details of the damage!
:)

~mg2

Anonymous said...

Good facts. It was good to know how big some of the volcanoes are.
SG3

Anonymous said...

That was very interesting. You picked a great earthquake to write about.:}
AA3

Anonymous said...

Very interesting. You picked a great eq to write about.:}
AA3