Massive earthquake below the Iran / Pakistan border Region – Pakistan 36 fatalities + 3000 houses collapsed, 19000 people in need for help

Last update: April 18, 2013 at 10:39 am by By

Important update April 18 – 10:17 UTC
Pakistani sources report that the earthquake destroyed 3,000 houses in Mashkeel, Pakistan’s border province with Iran.
Officials said a total of 19,000 people were reported to be in need of shelter and wait for help.
Aid materials can only be sent by military helicopters, as relief trucks are hindered by the blocked roads and desert terrain. Civil aid organizations have not reached the region yet.
Military sent a large scale of search & rescue team and a field hospital was established in the region.
A total of 36 people got killed, 150 others were injured in Pakistan alone.
Islamabad administration hasn’t replied to the offers of international agencies yet.


This Mashkeel, Pakistan image says it all (courtesy and copyright The Nation, Pakistan)

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Understanding the Massive M7.8 Iran – Pakistan earthquake

The April 16, 2013 M 7.8 earthquake east of Khash, Iran, occurred as a result of normal faulting at an intermediate depth in the Arabian plate lithosphere, approximately 80 km beneath the Earth’s surface.
Regional tectonics are dominated by the collisions of the Arabian and India plates with Eurasia; at the longitude of this event, the Arabian plate is converging towards the north-northeast at a rate of approximately 37 mm/yr with respect to the Eurasian plate.
Arabian plate lithosphere is subducted beneath the Eurasian plate at the Makran coast of Pakistan and Iran, and becomes progressively deeper to the north.
The subducted Arabian plate is known to be seismically active to depths of about 160 km. The frequency of moderate and large earthquakes within the subducted Arabian plate is not high compared with similar events in some other subducted plates worldwide, but several earthquakes have occurred within this slab in the region of today’s event over the past 40 years, including a magnitude 6.7 shock 50 km to the south in 1983.
In January of 2011, a M 7.2 earthquake occurred approximately 200 km to the east, in a similar tectonic environment to the April 16 earthquake.

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This S-wave velocity map shows clearly the vulnerable “soft soil” area in Pakistan (dark orange color) – Also one of the reasons why the fatalities only occurred at the Pakistani side of the border

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Important update 02:48 UTC :
- The death toll currently stands at somewhere between 30 and 35 in Pakistan and 0 in Iran. Over 150 have been injured in Pakistan.
27 people are now confirmed injured in Iran. We have decreased the earlier number of 1 to O for Iran as we could not find a reconfirmation of the Iranian fatality.
- 1000+ houses have been damaged to some extent in Pakistan.
- 25 villages (15 in Khash, 10 in Saravan) have been reviewed by Red Crescent. Only 3 destroyed houses have been found at this point in the village Qadrabad in Khash, however there has been major damage in Pakistan across the border in Soran.
- It is interesting to see why there has been significant damage across the border in Pakistan. There could be “directivity” at play in terms of a stronger direction of earthquake energy in one direction along the fault break causing higher ground motion over the border.
- Another reason could be for more vulnerable building typologies being used across the border in Pakistan.
- In Iran, there are many houses with cracks and moderate damage therefore given the warm temperatures it has been advised that residents of some of these houses stay outside for a while for fear of aftershocks.
- 2,000 tents, 5,000 blankets and 500 food packages are part of the expedition sent by the Red Crescent in South Khorasan province.


Update 21:33 UTC :
The United States offered to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims of the Tuesday’s massive earthquake that severely jolted parts of Pakistan’s Balochistan province bordering Iran. We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones during the earthquake,” a State Department spokesman said.
“The United States does stand ready to assist either Iran or Pakistan at this point,”  Patrick Ventrell said in response to a question at the daily briefing.

Update 21:15 UTC :
As you can see below, we have listed only 4 aftershocks of M3.5 or more since the mainshock. These were reported by the international agencies. Also the Iranian seismological agency has counted only 4 which is very few for such a massive earthquake.

Update 18:23 UTC :
The death toll in Pakistan has further increased to 34 according to Pakistan TV. 150 have been reported injured in Mashkeel Tehsil.
Over 1‚000 houses have been damaged in the area.

Image courtesy and copyright Pakistan TV

Image courtesy and copyright Pakistan TV

Update 17:18 UTC :
Iranian media now reports the first fatality inside Iran. No specifics where it happened or the conditions. This is however not confirmed by any other Iranian source.

Update 16:39 UTC :
We, at ER are somewhat puzzled why the main devastation and fatalities are being reported from a relatively big distance in Pakistan. The image below shows probably why ! The Mashkeel area looks like a dry lake on Google Earth and the surrounding cities are showing soft soil and farming fields, this contrary to a rocky soil in Iran (Rocks are decreasing the shaking impact).
The many images below so show what we are trying to explain. The image just below this text shows a satellite Google map and one can see clearly the many rivers arriving in the Mashkeel lake. These rivers may have transported huge amounts of sediment, sediment who will be propagating the earthquake waves at full force ( Remember the Mexico City liquefaction earthquake).
Science will have a huge work in defining what triggered the devastation in Pakistan.

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Mashkeel lake showing the many rivers arriving in the lake – Sediment transport is a logical conclusion

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RThis image shows the Mashkeel lake and Panjgur, both locations who suffered huge damage and fatalities

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Farming fields to the West of the Mashkeel lake area

Update 16:24 UTC :
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso have expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives and damage to property caused by the earthquake.In Iran at least forty people have been killed and hundreds were injured.

Update 16:17 UTC :
German TV has just released a number of 30 fatalities in Pakistan. Pakistan TV however mentions 26 deaths (21 in Mashkeel and 5 in Panjgur). Sad numbers.

Update 15:35 UTC :
Iran update : Iranian sources now report 27 injuries from which 3 have been hospitalized.

Update 15:20 UTC :
The quake death toll keeps climbing and has reached 21 people so far.  About 100 people have been reported injured so far. Pakistani troops started rescue and relief operations in the earthquake-stricken areas.  According to authorities, the rescuers will distribute tents, food and supplies to the earthquake-stricken areas.

Update 14:56 UTC :
- Fardanews Iran is stating that so far, inside Iran, only 27 people were reported injured
- Reuters reports now 13 fatalities inside Baluchistan, Pakistan (among the deaths, 3 children).
- A lot of damage based on this report but as saif earlier, no confirmation as yet.

Important update 14:24 UTC :
- Indian media quoting Radio Pakistan are now talking about 12 deaths and a lot of injured in inside western Pakistan. No Pakistan media are confirming this news.  Panjgur and Kharan districts of Balochistan, the quted districs where some buildings presumably collapsed, are indeed neighboring areas to Iran.  The following hours will make sure if this news is correct. We keep searching for confirmation in to be trusted sources.

Very Important update 13:44 UTC :
– IRAN, by means of the Governor of the hit province has OFFICIALLY DENIED that there were 40 fatalities.  He said that communications and infrastructure has been affected.
- As further assessment is underway in Iran, we expect that it will take several more hours before a serious report will be published
Earthquake-Report.com is happy with the outcome of this earthquake.

Important update 13:18 UTC :
- There is a total confusion about the damage and possible fatalities / injured. The earthquake occurred in a remote sparsely populated area in Iran. Assessment teams and 3 helicopters and rescue teams have been send to the epicenter area, but so far NO news from them.
- Some sources in India are taking about 5 fatalities inside Pakistan (Baluchistan). In Mashkel area of Kharan, 3 children and 2 adults would have been killed and many injured have been brought to a nearby military hospital. We cannot confirm this news based on a second independent source.

Important update 12:51 UTC :
- We are irritated by the world press who is looking for ghost fatalities. In their search and copy/paste work they are mixing 2 earthquakes, the one from last week who led to the death of 41 people and today’s one. Reports that are appearing here and there that also some people have been killed in Pakistan could not be confirmed inside Pakistan.

Important update 12:35 UTC :
- UGS Pager has again changed the expected impact stating now that the Max shaking would be very strong (MMI VII) near the epicenter. This is the third map we publish, not to blemish USGS but to proof that seismology is not an exact science and needs a lot of recalculation.
- The shaking intensity is now expected to be (theoretical) :
MMI VI (strong shaking) Khash 70,000 inhabitants
MMI V (moderate shaking) : Iranshahr, Zahedan, Panjgur,  ‘Alaqahdari Dishu and Turbat
MMI IV (light shaking) : Mirabad, Rudbar, Khan Neshin and Dalbandin

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Important update 12:27 UTC :
- We have now confirmed reports of 3 injured people in Saravan (Iran) and 5 injured people in Pakistan (various locations)  (probably shock related).
- Some cracks are reported in houses closer to the epicenter.
- 100 rescuers are on their way to the epicenter area and will probably need approx. 5 hours to reach the epicenter area.

Important update 12:19 UTC :
At the moment of writing we have NO REASON and NO REPORT of any deaths.
The 40 fatalities reported in many sites (and copied, copied, copied) are probably taken from the fatalities of last week earthquake. You should NOT believe this at this moment.
We are proud to say that this site is probably one of the most reliable in the world, due to our experience in the field.

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Population statistics of people living within a certain radius near the epicenter :
100 km    290000 people,  75 km    50000 people, 50 km    17000 people, 20 km     <1000 people,  10 km     <1000 people, 5 km     <1000 people and 2 km no people
We have to be careful with these data as extracting the exact epicenter location is very tricky. An error margin of 10 to 20 km is normal.
- A similar depth earthquake (our viewers would remember) happened in January 2011 in Pakistan – This was Mw7.2 and a bit shallower, and caused 1 direct death and 2 indirect deaths with around 200 houses damaged.
- We expect that there will be damage however, we hope the fatalities will be kept to a minimum.
- According to the last census, the population of Saravan is 173000, khash 290000 and suran 69000 – Probably another several thousand in the nearby villages…

Image courtesy JRC

Image courtesy JRC

Update 12:08 UTC :
- Historic Fault depths are often right and also in this case, James Daniell, our CATDAT Damage specialist had a hard time to believe the shallow depths reported at the beginning (confusing data are nothing special for seismology). A massive earthquakes in the past showed a depth of 64 km. At this moment depths are varying from 51 to 82 km, a world of difference for damage prediction.
- Lets hope that the assessment and Rescue teams will find only material damage (we are sure that there will be damage).
- This is the second major earthquake to be felt in the Emirates region in less than a week !, however both quakes are not necessarily related.

Very important Update 11:57 UTC :
- USGS has also changed the depth of the hypocenter from 17 km to 82 and changed the color of his pager to GREEN = they expect NO fatalities.
- We are giving a lot of credit to this change as also the close by 1983 earthquake had no fatalities and was deep too.

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Update 11:53 UTC  :
- Iran has send 12 assessment teams to the earthquake epicenter area.
- we have still no confidence in the various seismological reports. They are still conflicting on the depth of the hypocenter. The depth of an earthquake is a main trigger for damage estimates.
- Some newspapers are publishing deaths but we have to stress that this is too soon. The numbers may be derived of earlier earthquakes. As soon as we have official data or to be trusted numbers, we will publish them immediately.

Important update 11:44 UTC  : Iran seismological Institute is also reporting a depth of 95 km at this moment (earlier shallower). We like this extremely.
- Red Crescent Iran is sending 3 helicopters to the epicenter area and at least the 7 villages closest to the epicenter

We can finally write again.
Our server was blocked due to too high demand too many readers at the same time).
Most seismological agencies (even Iran) are reporting a depth of approx. 100 km, which is far better than a shallow depth.
- EMSC has changed to M7.7 and 50km : not good at all
- GEOFON, Mw7.7 and 95km
- WAPMERR switches to 10-600 deaths, and 100-2000 injuries using the USGS data…. thus they show the range
- No accurate information on damage on hand at the moment, but according to some local sources 40 deaths are estimated
- this could also be mixed up with the previous earthquake
- Fars news (persian) quotes the geophysical institute of tehran universuty: depth of 18km
- 15 seconds of shaking in the UAE

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Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 7.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-04-16 15:14:25

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-04-16 10:44:25

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 87 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Iran-pakistan Border Region Apr 16 21:32 4.2 46 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Iran-pakistan Border Region Apr 16 21:02 3.6 80 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 16 20:43 4.4 68 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southeastern Iran Apr 16 20:43 4.7 76 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Southeastern Iran Apr 16 20:43 4.7 55 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southeastern Iran Apr 16 19:14 4.2 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Southeastern Iran Apr 16 19:14 4.6 56 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Iran-pakistan Border Region Apr 16 16:26 4.0 93 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Iran-pakistan Border Region Apr 16 13:54 4.5 69 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Iran-pakistan Border Region Apr 16 13:54 4.1 65 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Iran-pakistan Border Region Apr 16 10:44 7.8 87 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Sharjah, UAE - Pictures on wall moved a little only felt it sitting down, animals didn't react
  • Dubai - Scary!
  • Dubai - Very Minor shaking felt in my house. Doors swung back and a forth ever so slightly.
  • Dubai - shaking
  • Abu Dhabi - Moderate shaking for about 5 seconds in Abu Dhabi UAE - presume it's from Iran
  • Dubai - 2.48pm 16 April 2013 Two earthquakes felt the second being stringer than the first. Wall , tables chairs moved and shook.
  • Jodhpur - Very Mild earthquake felt in Jodhpur in Rai-Ka-Bagh area.
  • Doha, Qatar - Miled shake lasted about 5-6 seconds.
  • Dubai, safa park - Felt like building was moving side to side briefly, lights were moving
  • Dammam, ksa - it lasted for 3-5 seconds.
  • Doha - Felt a slight tremor for a few seconds
  • Abu Dhabi - second time in less than 1 month
  • Al Ain, UAE - Mild shaking. It causes waves inside my aquarium tank
  • Dubai - Sitting at desk and I started swaying. It was strong enough that I knew it wasn't me, but was too weak to topple stuff.
  • Delhi - hearthrob vibration
  • Dubai/Sharjah - Sitting at my desk at work, the floor started shifting side to side. Lasted for around 3-5 seconds, then ceased. (2.47pm Gulf Standard time, 16th April 2013)
  • Al Ain uae - Felt the bed shaking
  • Doha - Weird
  • Abu Dhabi - I live in Abu Dhabi in Sas Al Nakhl Village (near the Cricket Stadium). At 2:47pm (1447) local time, I saw and felt my desk shake for several seconds. The pull cord for the lamp on my desk was swinging. I never felt an earthquake before so this scared me!
  • Kuwait - weak shaking felt
  • Doha Qatar - office tables are shaking! takes 10 to 15 seconds
  • Hauz Khas, Delhi, India - At 4.23pm a minor earthquake of around 4 rector scale has been felt at Delhi. The glacess and fans of third floor were jerking making noise.
  • NoidaU.P indiA - Two jolts of shaking felt on first floor 13 ft above ground. Fans were in pendulum motion for about 30 - 40 seconds.
  • Alain, uae - i was sitting on my sofa it suddenly started vibrating and i was thinking whats this..suddenly my brother from the other room came while he was sleeping he said there is earth quake my bed was shivering.
  • Dubai, Dubai - Felt like someone was shaking the couch.
  • Dubai, UAE - Water rippling in the fountain tank
  • Dubai - Building shaking and swaying at Dubai Financial Centre. Some buildings being evacuated
  • Balochistan/ Dera Murad Jamali - Table and clocks start vibraing
  • bikaner - I am sitting in office, and my chair and fans was shaking about 4:25PM on 16 April, 2013. Currently I am at bikaner, rajasthan.
  • Abu Dhabi - Around 3-4 mins of light shaking in Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi. Started approx 2.45pm UAE time +4GMT.
  • Bahrain - flat shaking while sitting on the floor
  • Dubai - Weak to Light shaking
  • noida - i was sitting in my office when i found suddenly my chair start moving .. it was for approx 3to 4 sec
  • Noida - Table & chair start shaking
  • Lahore - long duration earthquake, felt for around 30 to 45 seconds.
  • isllamabad - I was in my hostel with my friend at the 4th floor, we felt some shaking tried to go out side but it stopped then..
  • Gurgaon - A strong shaking was expreienced
  • Abu Dhabi - Felt my desk chair shake while I was sitting on it. Looked up from my screen to see a coworker's monitor vibrate on his desk! I work on the ground floor.
  • Sargodha - My Room Was Like On Vibration..
  • Saudi Arabia, Riyadh - I was sat at my desk on the phone and felt a sudded, slight shake lasting about 5 seconds.
  • Dubai Studio City - Was sitting at my desk when I felt the building shake... Scary!
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates - As it is the first one I've experienced I'm not sure if it would be classed as weak or light shaking but the building I live in was wobbling and light shades were swinging.
  • Dubai - felt light tremor in Dubai also.. many ppl came out of their bldgs
  • Abu Dhabi - It was around 2:56 pm when I looked at my watch following the shaking (Abu Dhabi time). I was having an afternoon nap and it actually woke me up. I live on the first floor. I remember it lasted for a good 10 seconds (but maybe it was longer since I was sleeping). It was strong enough to make objects in the house shake a little with slight noises.
  • patiala - i felt around 4.30 pm
  • Abu Dhabi - Shaking on upper floor of cement villa.
  • Muscat, Oman - I didn't notice it, but several of my coworkers (only feet away from me) said they felt it.
  • abu dhabi - I was on the first floor of our town house. It made the house shake for about 5 seconds at about 14.50 today.
  • Dubai - What a headache....
  • Dubai - High rise seemed to be swaying, doors closed shut in apartment, water in glass moving
  • FUJAIRAH - It was terrible shaking in my building
  • Abu Dhabi - Office chairs shaking for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Abu dhabi - Strong shaking felt with people feeling dizzy. Lasted around 1 minute
  • ROHINI, DELHI,INDIA - HI ITS NITIN FROM DELHI, INDIA. i WAS WORKING ON MY NOTEBOOK AND SUDDENLY FELT THAT MY DESK IS SHAKING SLOWLY AND IMMEDIATELY REALISE THAT ITS A EARTHQUAKE.
  • Sharjah - i thought i was dizzy
  • Knowledge Village, Dubai - felt giddy til now...
  • Doha, Qatar - shaking felt on 2nd floor
  • karachi, pakistan - I work on 2nd floor; my table & chair began wobbling & windows were rattling. This lasted 5 to 10 seconds. We went down by stairs & waited outside till given OK signal by admin staff.
  • manama bahrain - Mild bed n cupboard shaking ...
  • Gurgaon - Although, just like a few previous times, it was like a severe headache (obviously not as dramatic as most people suggests). I was in Delhi- NCR at around 4:20 pm when I felt it.
  • Lahore - I was just sitting for my study, my books began toh fall from shelves and every thing began toh make horor sounds and then i came to know it is earthquake
  • dubai - first a clear "bouncing" sensation, followed 30 seconds later by a side to side" or lateral movement, which repeated 3 additional times leading to vertigo
  • Dubai - Felt something like a 3 on the richter scale quake here in Dubai
  • ahmedabad - I heard my friends in United arab emirates also felt it Just check up on that
  • DAFZA Dubai - just felt like move earth,under feet.
  • Manama, Juffair - Felt slight vibrations on the second floor of the building in Juffair, lasted about 15 seconds
  • fujairah - the whole ground was rumbling with things fallin from above ,,,waters rippling, fan swaying....terrible
  • Al Mahooz ,Bahrain - Felt like shaking
  • karachi - i was in the office when my dest started shaking !
  • Ahmedabad - Being IT person i helped evacuate but what everyone got a view to realize it when we felt as if we were medically wrong as if it was spinning in our head and then the light fixtures started spinning which made everyone rush towards the door giving a sense it was earthquake.
  • harjah - around 2.49 pm, we started shaking.from previous experience we immediately looked at the chandeliers and saw them swaying.
  • Dubai JLT - 26th Floor in Saba Tower and felt initial light shaking and then it weakened, lasted around a minute or so
  • DIP Jebel Ali - Here in DIP, Jebel Ali.. I felt dizzy
  • Manama, Bahrain - The Building shook
  • Ahmedabad - I was working on my laptop on bed and suddenly felt like somebody shaking me from left to right. It was not that strong but it was like mother wake up his baby by moving his hand from left to right. I was really scared and ran to main room where exist is there. My parents were asleep but both woke up because of this movements.
  • Ahmedabad - Hi it was a mild feeling as i felt vibrations in the office canteen
  • Abu Dhabi - a couple of five second shakes in a 2 story villa.
  • Ras Tanura (KSA) - This was my second experience in earthquakes...first was last week, here, at the same place...this one was shorter but stronger....strange feeling...
  • Doha - I was on the bed and i felt the bed moving. At the same time I looked at the slightly opened door in my bedroom and that was also moving back and forth within a 2 inch distance. It was felt in 2 breaks. Probably around 2pm from Doha local time.
  • Muscat, Shatti Qurum - I felt it for like 3 seconds, went running to all the other rooms in my office and we all just watched our desks and file cabinets shaking
  • Ghaziabad - I was sitting on a chair with wheels, when the chair rolled towards the other end of the room. I grabbed hold of a wall and realized it was an earthquake. Going in the drawing room, i saw the chandeliers shaking and went out of the house and went from the 5th floor to the ground floor and out of the building.
  • Noida - Felt table and chair shaking
  • dubai - Wow
  • Abu Dhabi - My sofa started to shake . It took me a few seconds to realise it's an earthquake. I'm at my brothers apartment in a 3 story building . I can imagine how somebody on a higher floor felt it. Scary.
  • Amritsar - Ceiling fans swinging.
  • JLT, Dubai - all towers were slowly swaying
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Sitting in the office on the ground floor, around 14:45 a slight tremor was felt
  • Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India - Occurred at 16:17 IST on April 16. Distinct rocking of my work table and chair. Four occurrences within 2 minutes or so.
  • Khobar, Saudi Arabia - our building shook strongly. even more than the 6.3 earthquake a few days ago.
  • Karachi - Had to evacuate the office building for good 30 minutes and still fear aftershocks.
  • NOIDA - hi, i am arunaditya. i was studying on my bed and suddenly my bed started shaking and i just jumped out and went outside.
  • JAIPUR - i was in my studyroom suddenly i felt mild shaking and dogs were barking, birds are flying here and there randomly... then i heard about assam and delhi earthquake on same day
  • Karachi - Very BAd
  • Muscat - I felt it for a few seconds, got up from my chair and watched my chair and file cabinet shaking, weird. wat an expierence
  • Karachi - I was on the 8th floor of SSGC building when i felt the floor is shaking at around 4 pm.
  • Delhi - I was working on my laptop whle sitting on the floor, and suddenly I realised that my laptop is shaking out of my knees....then I realised it was due to a minor earthquake here...
  • Bahawalpur, Pakistan - We all the people in the office ran out of the office building because we strongly felt that this vibrating office basically caused by an earthquake.
  • Karachi - My chair started to vibrate and when I stand up I felt everything is moving. Strange feeling. My mind still shaking.
  • Abu Dhabi - The tremors/vibrations were felt on first floor building in Abu Dhabi
  • Oman - I felt for few seconds the 3 storyed villa shaking.
  • Noida - Earthquake i noida:http://www.crcadvisor.com/panchsheel-pratishtha-sector-75-noida.html
  • Lahore - It was around 04:00 pm. i was in my office on forth floor and felt like someone is shaking my chair..It lasted for almost 1 minute. My colleagues felt the same
  • ajman - This is first time I experience an earth quake.I am laying on bed its suddenly started shaking. I looked at the roof the fan is swinging. water bottle on the table is moving and a mirror hanged on the wall is also swinging, we all ran down, alhamdullillah everyone is safe.
  • Muscat, Sultanate of Oman - I was at my place of work in front of the computer when I felt light tremors for few seconds. I work at a site in Oman where we are constructing a new international airport in Muscat
  • New Delhi - light shaking in my study room. desk and overhead light trembled. nothing broken here. praying for the iranians/pakistanis
  • sheikh zayed road - i felt dizzy :| the chandeliers are moving and my pc is shaking.
  • khalifa street - i was on the phone, just thought that i was suddenly dizzy, until i realised that the blind cords and the clothes on our coat rack were swaying.
  • Khalifa Port (Taweelah area) - I looked at my colleague bcos I thought that he was shaking our workstation. We felt tremors here at Khalifa Port, we were concerned bcos this place is a reclaimed area and where are on the sea.
  • Abu Dhabi - My bed started shaking and a picture fell down, nothing serious! 2 hits of light shaking!
  • Noida - Sitting on desk. Felt heavy in my head. Looked around. Saw people evacuating the building.
  • Gurgaon Haryana - only for 3 or 4 secs..
  • Abu Dhabi - When I was seated in office (Takreer Biulding, Salam Street, Abu Dhabi, I felt a swinging experience for a few seconds & then a dizziness aftermath.
  • Ajman - Office was dancing .. i felt dizzy
  • Dusit Thani hotel,Dubai - I felt dizzy around 30 second than I look at all my hanging object swing around included my TV,We lived in the 15 floor,it was so scary.
  • Badin,Sindh,Pakistan - i saw my fan moving and even the chair on which i was sitting, shaked lightly.
  • Juffair, Bahrain - I was sitting in my flat on the fourth floor and felt the couch shake side to side for about 3-4 seconds. Also watched the tall plant sway side to side.
  • Kuwait - Weak shaking felt on third floor
  • Dubai, U.A.E - rattling & shaking desks, swaying chandeliers and vibrating glass doors
  • Dubai - Felt chairs & tables moving ..difficult to balance
  • noida - that was just a moment
  • Abu Dhabi - moderate shaking eaethquake felt in abu dhabi
  • Oman - Hi am from Oman..! We experienced moderate-strong vibrations around 2.52pm this afternoon. I think it lasted for about 30 seconds.. The room was vibrating, we felt moderate vibrations on our work-table, chair, the computer vibrated a bit...! Its a shocking feel!
  • Seef, Bahrain - Felt the light building shake while eating lunch here in Seef, Bahrain. Didn't find cause to go down from the 8th Floor where I am, unlike last week's earthquake kiss of 6.3 in Iran, where all personnel ran to the ground for safety. Just hope this won't become a weekly experience here that would become alarming for all Bahrain residents, local and expats alike. 'guess it's God's way of telling Iran to STOP their nuclear ambition!
  • Sharjah, UAE - Bursts of 3 with the first 2 being hardly 2-3 secs, the third was the one that i felt the most and had us running out.
  • karachi - I was getting my kids sleep my bed started shaking thrice.Karachi
  • Nagpur, Maharashtra - I felt 4-5 shakes in short intervals of minutes. I could sense and feel them but most of people in our office did not feel the same.
  • Dammam - Was in office and chair was shaking in 2 breaks. Felt dizzy for 10-15 seconds.
  • Ahmedabad - duration is less than 2 sec
  • Sharjah , Industrial Area - I am having a lunch with my friend in my room ,that time we felt some shaking on the floor ,suddenly we getting down every one from that building . we ran away ...
  • Islamabad - Shock of little earth quake
  • Lahore - I was sitting at my desk on the 8th floor and the whole building started shaking. It was pretty scary.
  • Abu Dhabi - Motherfucker wtf dude i was dancing in bathroom and the fucking earthquake fucked me ;/
  • Noida - I was sitting on a chair and all of sudden the chair started moving
  • Dubai - We thought its the end of the world
  • Dubai - I have experienced weak shaking before but this one was a little bit stronger.
  • Gurgaon - in Gurgaon
  • Abu Dhabi - Could see and hear things vibrating in the apartment from the 36th floor. The cats woke up suddenly.
  • dubai - I was sitting at my work desk, i had the sensation that i am dizzy or having balance loss. Then i saw the decoration flower also moving and i realised that it is not me, is earthquake
  • Jebel Ali Freezone, Dubai, Unite Arab Em - shocked
  • dubai - door shaking, sofa shaking
  • Dubai - weird!
  • Abu dhabi,uae - I was sitting and watching tv at the same moment my dad said to me that his bed is shaking , and when i saw the door of my room it was shaking, my decoration bells were shaking, the roof too was shaking badly....and when i looked out from my building, all the people of my building were rushing out...and its not just at my place-au dhabi,uae but the earthquake is world wide .... i would just like thank Allah as he saved everyone's life .... Thank God ...
  • Noida - It was around 4.20 pm when I felt the trebles of quake. The chair i was sitting shook along with the water and tea on table.It lasted for around 1 min.
  • Dubai - From 32th floor, it started with light shaking, I could't stand up properly... the plants of the house and the pictures on the wall started to shake... It was scary.
  • RIYADH - Riyadh - Malaz; We were in Office and felt shaking of chair and building.
  • Dubai - Chair "swaying" for 5-10 seconds at 10.50 UTC/14.50LT, furniture creaking.
  • Dubai - The office was shaking
  • Ambala Cantt, India - I was in my room on first floor and i started feeling the tremors. I walked out to find all the hangings from the ceiling like fan, chimes, earthen bells etc. swinging. It went on for about a minute or so with lighter tremors even later but were very mild
  • Kandahar - Door to room was shaking and entire room/building was shaking. All people in the building felt it.
  • Karachi - Buildings were shaking clearly!
  • Karachi - I felt some sudden strong jolts and vibration in the ground with mild to moderate shaking of laptop and dresser mirrors for a few seconds. Other parts of the city have experienced more severe shocks with people falling off their beds, and news reports are that some cracks are found in buildings but no damage to life or property have been reported.
  • Dubai - I was about to have my lunch when I thought I started feeling dizzy, but my father soon exclaimed that why has everything started shaking. We then rushed down the building. It was scary.
  • Karachi - Pakistan - My office table, Printer, Laptop, chair everything was shaking
  • Seef, Bahrain - Felt the light shake here in Seef, Bahrain, while having our lunch break just inside the office. Didn't feel the need to go down from the 8th Floor where we are as the kiss seemed to be just a light earthquake kiss, unlike our first experience last week where all personnel ran for their safety from the 8th Floor to the ground; I am still feeling the muscle pains in both of my legs due to my 5' heels :). Just hope this won't become a weekly exercise in Bahrain. While still hitting the nearby gro
  • Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - Building shaking moderately for around 10 seconds, shaking continued at lower levels for around 40 seconds
  • Jubail KSA - i felt about 3-5 seconds, when i saw my gallon of water shaking
  • Muscat - I felt 2 quite strong shakings. On the fourth floor of the five store building I felt my chair was swinging right-left twice. It was not pleasant.
  • Sharjah - This was my first experience and honestly it was scary. I don't want feel another one like that and my first experience is not that good. It has shakes almost everything inside my house and kept for around 30 seconds to 1 minutes.
  • Abu Dhabi - Was in a 7 story building which started vibrating, then swaying. Felt mild vertigo and dizziness. Heard slight cracking of cement in building, which was evacuated.
  • Clifton, Defence Karachi - I feel scared everything was shaking on table.
  • Dubai - building shook badly
  • UNKLAB - I had to sit because the balance on the fourth floor of the University's building was shaking seriously. Shortly we felt it again, probably an aftershock.
  • Al Ain, UAE - University building shaking for 10 seconds.
  • Karachi - we were on the 11th floor, everything in the office started shaking at around 1545 (PKST) the whole building evacuated First time I felt the quake this strong... can't think as to what it must have been been like at the epicenter of this quake
  • Dubai - Media City - Floor and glass doors were clearly shaking. Everybody rushed to fire exit stairs and then gathered in nearby ground.
  • Riyadh - My office is on 4th floor of building. Sitting on a chair; felt it moved slightly that made me adjust the chair's position. Also this was felt in the entire building's floor by others.
  • Al Khobar - I was on 4thfloor and we are literally shaking and our feeling giddyness.
  • Kuwait - The bed I was sitting on started rocking a little bit.
  • Al qusais - could feel the building sway....n the bed literally shake...on the 3rd floor.
  • Manama, Bahrain - was sitting on the floor and suddenly felt the flat shaking. plant on top of tv was shaking too.
  • doha - On high floor you could feel a small shaking but it was very long. The building structure continue moving the a long period.
  • Deira, Dubai - first time slight vibration while working 3rd floor 10 story building, between 3 seconds gap 3 times, 2nd and 3rd time was very strong shaking. while get down through steps while reach ground floor when try to put leg next down the step pulled me to 4th step and fall down rolled on step reach the ground floor and ran away from the building then all people are coming out of building, then after 20 minutes we back to office.
  • doha, salwa road - I was sending a mail, suddenly i could see the bottle shaking, then my chair and table too... i think for few seconds.
  • Oman, Muscat, Darsait - The table on which i was working just shook a little... at first thought it was my dog sitting under the table and scratching herself which shook the table.
  • doha - On high floor you could feel a small shaking but it was very long. The building structure continue moving the a long period.
  • Dubai uae - 2 tremors felt. Over quickly. All safe
  • Deira, Dubai - first time slight vibration while working 3rd floor 10 story building, between 3 seconds gap 3 times, 2nd and 3rd time was very strong shaking. while get down through steps while reach ground floor when try to put leg next down the step pulled me to 4th step and fall down rolled on step reach the ground floor and ran away from the building then all people are coming out of building, then after 20 minutes we back to office.
  • Dubai Investments Park - Moderate shake for few seconds
  • Delhi - I was walking while the ground started shaking and i almost fell down.
  • Al Jafliya, Dubai - I was on the 10th floor, we clearly felt moderate-strong shaking. Projectors, whole floor was shaking.
  • SZR, Dubai - Felt the quake for about 5 seconds in the office at 2nd floor. A lot of people from higher floors vacate the building.
  • Doha - just shaking for about 30 secs.
  • Ahmedabad - We all are working in orffice. suddenly we fill earth quake at 4:19 PM -Indian Time. people are out form office & leave work. all are come back for work after 5 to 7 mins.
  • Oman - I felt i was moving towards left side and my glass doors shook - 4th floor. still feeling diziness in the head
  • dubai - i was rolled of the bed
  • Dubai - Felt the shake, weak to light, people evacuate from the building.
  • Muscat - computers and partition walls was shaking for almost a minute in my office building.
  • dubai - I scared
  • Gurgaon - Was sitting on my desk when I felt shaken, when everyone around me felt the same
  • Vadodara - I was in my office room on 3rd floor and my chair started shaking for around 15 seconds
  • Dubai - scary...i can hear the sounds of my fully glass window next to me...then ran out down without shoes
  • Sharjah UAE - The building swayed from side to sde to side - our office was evacuated. Was very scary
  • Qeshm Island, Dargahan - This is my several times experience of earthquake since 2005 in Qeshm Island - Deyrestan, but it was very bad feeling. I hope no one fall.
  • Manama, Bahrain - Felt moderate vibrations for 10-15 seconds
  • Dubai,JLT Saba3 - When earthquake affected Dubai area,I was in my apartment in Saba 3 and felt light walls and lamp shaking accompanied by strange sound,something similar to the sound if somebody is walking on the top of your house roof.I immediately called security because to be honest I thought it was some construction going on on my floor,at least it was sounds like it.I was informed that it's earthquake that is also found in Other Saba towers.I stayed home bcz I experienced earthquake before and didn't find i
  • Mirdif, Dubai - Our villa in Mirdif Dubai was shook for a few seconds furniture moving and shaking..bit scary
  • Dubai - This was my first severe experience
  • karachi - My husband was sleeping I was watching tv,I saw my husband shaking I thought he was feeling cold same time breaking news of earthquack annouse on tv.
  • delhi - i was shocked whats happening.i was on second floor still the feeling was clear.
  • Dubai - Weak shaking 3 seconds
  • Karachi - I was at work, when I felt my chair started shaking and vibrating hard, then i saw the monitor shaking and i immediately got up, looked around, everyone was at shock and we knew this was earthquake jolts we were experiencing. We quickly ran out of the building, and the entire office building was evacuated!
  • UAE - MAIN ABU DHABI KE SOWWAH ISELAND MAIN KAM KARTA HUN YANHA EARTHQUAKE KE JHATKE MASOOS KIYE GAYE JAB MAIN 20 VEN FLOOR PE THA TO MUJHE BULDING HILTI HUI MEHSUS HUI FIR SITE KE LAGBHAG 50000 LOGON MAIN BHADGDAD MACH GAYI OR EK BANGLADESH KA LADKA BHID MEIN JAKHMI HO GYA USE TURANT HOSPITAL BHJEA GYA ... MAIN BHAGWAN SE YEHI DUA KARTA HUN KI SAB KOGON KO BAKHSE JAI MATA DI
  • Kuwait - I was in my last lesson(ICT), when I felt it. I thought my friend was shaking my chair but she wasn't. She also thought I was shaking her chair.
  • Bahla, Oman - Slight shaking
  • Muscat, Oman - Evacuated our office for about 20 minutes
  • Al ain - Hospitals and schools being effected
  • Abu Dhabi - Felt some slight shaking
  • kuwait - our office was shaking
  • Manama - Was at home sitting on the sofa and felt the sofa shake for about half a minute.
  • Muscat - I was working in office situated in a building on 6th floor near Shatti Beach. Suddenly everything started shaking...doors were also shaking...felt 2 tremors for quite sometime may be 10seconds....it was dreadful.
  • Abu Dhabi Al Wahda - on 30th floor, about 14:45 felt room shake for about 15 seconds. We knew it was an earthquake!
  • karachi - I was sleeping with my husband and all of a sudden my bed started dancing. I rushed myself and my husband out of the house in an open field
  • Ofice - I was sitting on my chair and talking with my colleague when i feel it unlike last April 9,2013 that i dont feel shaking..
  • Karachi - I was studying and suddenly see my bed shaking like its possessed or something then i see water in a bottle shaking severely overall it was a pretty hair raising experience !
  • AL-MATTAR ROAD NEAR AIRPORT - VERY STRONG TRMORS. HEAVY TRAFFIC ON AIRPORT ROAD.
  • Karachi - Felt moderately strong jolts..
  • Gereshk, Afghanistan - Light Shaking felt indoors, some outside.
  • Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan - Very slow shake of a 1 story wood building, 4 other people felt it.
  • Abu Dhabi city - shaking
  • Alain, Abu Dhabi, UAE - Floor was vibrating, the glass of water and dining table vibrating.
  • New delhi - Seems like not much damage in the city from prelim reports. Bed shook considerably but for a short while.
  • Doha - Swaying of the apartment building and the sound of crumbling plaster
  • Abu Dhabi - About 10 sec of vibrating - everything... 2nd floor
  • Southern Afghanistan - Sitting in my office chair, noticed a slight rocking first and then the the whole building was lightly swaying.
  • 16.04.2013 gorod sharjah - da traslo snachalo potahonku ,potom stalo silnee a vkonce stalo tak tryasti chto ya stala derjatsya za steny lustry hodili hadunom, eto bylo ujasno!
  • fujairah - I was giving my child bath and I could the feel the floor/ceiling shaking and his stool was wobbling.My vessels on the cooking range moved from its position. It was vibrating all over.
  • Alkhobar-SaudiArabia - I am in Alkhobar 10thfloor,Shubei tower 2-times Shaking 2/3Seconds and more...sultan Alfares
  • Karachi - bed completely shake
  • shiraz - i just look at the luster on ceiling and get out of home.
  • Shiraz - i just wanna say no one can felt 4.5 quake at 600km distance like abu dahbi
  • Karachi, Pakistan - On the 16th floor of the building in the most populous city of Pakistan, we were pummelled from side to side for 10 seconds, and many people fell to the ground.
  • doha - We were in the office just after lunch and started the working and computer screen started shaking and we stood up felt wrong and had experienced of quake for few seconds
  • karachi,pakistan - Today in karachi,pakistan,earthquake had occured at 3:15 pm,i was playing a game in my computer,i felt that my head in spinning,suddenly i felt building shaking,me and mu family and other people from other houses came out in fear,even in other parts of pakistan earthquake had occured.it was very strong earthquake 7.9
  • okara - the magnitude of earthquack was strong as i was in my classroom when i felt it.
  • BAFFA - we are thanks to Allah THAT ALLAH HELP US AND SAVE OUR LIFE
  • Al Saad, Doha, Qatar - felt the couch "wobbling" for about a minute
  • Ras al Khaimah, UAE - came in two waves, first one weak but very noticeable for 5-10 seconds; subsided to nothing, then seconds later much stronger and lasted much longer. Was in a room with an LCD projector mounted on the ceiling- projected image was bouncing all around the screen from the vibrations for well over a minute.
  • Dubai - My chair was moving from side to side. We could not keep balance in the staircase.
  • Sharjah - Chandeliers and curtains swaying...ripples seen in water cans
  • Dubai - Very scary and worrisome because we are in a high rise apartment I just hope that the tall buildings are safe here in Dubai.
  • Abu Dhabi - approx. 5-10 seconds very weak vibrations, caused weak nausea
  • karachi - while attending my training session in one of the building located at I.I.CUNDRIGARH ROAD,suddenly our chairs started shaking after some moment we realized it was an earthquake.the shakings lasted atleast 25 seconds and then after 10 seconds we felt another shaking spell of about 7 seconds.
  • New Delhi, India - I had just arrived home and was going up to my 10th floor in elevator when it shook a bit. when i finally reached my floor the shaking increased which made me realized it was an earthquake and then we rushed down. lasted around 15 secs.
  • Bur Dubai, Dubai, UAE - We're watching Eurovision in my dad's laptop when my sister felt the bed was shaking. She asked me if I was rocking my chair near the bed, I said no. We stood up for seconds, felt nothing, so we sat down again. She realised there was an earthquake happening when we felt the bed was really shaking. We stood up, looked at the perfume bottles, then ran to the bathroom, where our roommate's taking a bath. Since we're living on the 6th floor we didn't bother to go down. This was our 1st earthquake.
  • Doha - Felt it for about 6 to 8 seconds
  • Karachi - may God protect us
  • Jubail Industrial City - As I was sitting on my computer chair, I yesterday (16th April, about 2:45PM?) suddenly felt slow movement, at first I thought maybe its myself so I asked other officemates if they also felt the shaking for about 2 seconds. Then we were told to evacuate the 4 storey building. Thanks God, we're all safe.
  • Bahrain - 825 am april 17 bahrain time, mild shaking at 5th floor for few seconds
  • Ras al kheimah - I was sitting in my bedroom.My bed started shaking banging with the wall.It was felt for almost 20-25 seconds.Also my bed is king size very heavy one
  • Noida Sector 16 - Debabrata parida --Office building & computer shaking for 10 seconds.
  • Karachi - Although I was on the ground floor of our office but the shaking of the building was recognizable enough for all of us to leave the building.
  • Abu Dhabi uae - some houses fell in the coast but no injuries where found yet in the uae
  • city karachi - i was setting on my sofa i was reciting quran shareef after my duhar praying but at 3.44 . pm / i saw my sfa is shaking i was rea;lly upset what is happening but after few second i realized and run away to get chance to safe my life , i run aon the stairs quickly without lossing any second and when i felt that was not dream this is earthquick
  • Dubai, U.A.E - aftershock of Iran quake: only a single back and.forth sway of the my office floor beneath my feet, here in Dubai, but a decisive and wide sway. Everyone in the office felt it. Lasted.about 3.5 seconds for the single sway back and forth cycle. No biggie. Nothing fell off shelves.
  • karachi - when i was sleeping on my bed suddenly my mom start moving . my mom thought that my sister is hitting the bed and thats the bed is moving but when my mother asked my sister that why are you hitting the bed so my sister said no mom iam not doing then my mom got scared when he saw the globe and fans they were moving then she got to know that it is the earth quake and we all ran downwards into the ground .this was the first time we felt the earthquake
  • Karachi - Karachi, Pakistan
  • Qatif - Many people didn't even feel it though but many others say they did feel especially inside tall buildings!
  • Kandahar - light shaking
  • sharjah UAE - feeling of earthquake but not shaky
  • sharjah - it was not scary at all I did not feel anything
  • Karachi - We live in the suburbs of the metropolis and we were trying to have a cat nap when i felt the tremors,to confirm i asked my spouse if she was feeling the same,then we grabbed our 5 years old son and rushed to open,to our surprise the entire neighborhood was there to greet us. It was SCARY !!! Mother Nature in its fury. We stayed outside for almost an hour,later i moved my loved ones to a comparatively safer place on ground level,as we live in an apartment building. Sorry God :)
  • Abu Dabi, UAE - heard the windows and the our metal starirs shaking, tables and chairs were shaking for about 3 to 6 mins
  • Kandahar - Items on my desk moved around. My chair was moving around for about 30 seconds.
  • Hyderabad Sindh Pakistan - I was sitting in my office when I found suddenly my chair was swinging Alhamdulillah Honestly, Allah has been so good to me and entire nation that we are saved.
  • New Delhi - It was about 4:25 pm on 16.04.2013 when I was sitting in my office along with another gentleman. Both of us felt the tremor and rushed out. The experience was particularly interesting as instead of fear per say, we felt exhilaration to have observed this mild shaking in full consciousness during day time.
  • Juabail - On 16th April 2013, I experienced earthquake at around 1:50 PM. It went on for about 20 seconds with fairly notable shakes twice for approx 4 seconds each, gap of 10 seconds in between. It was moderate shaking which was more than the previous earthquake earlier this month.
  • UAE - I was in my Geography lesson when the April 2013 - I think it was the 16th? I'm not too sure - earthquake struck. It was about 10/15 minutes till the end of the school day when the shaking was felt. Then the fire alarms went off and we were sent home about 3 minutes early without our belongings as it was too risky to go back into the building at the time. School was open the following day though...
  • Mumbai - hi, i am dinesh, from borivali mumbai. i was sitting in my sofa and watching tv, suddenly the room begins very jolty and wonky, seems that i have giddiness, thereafter my wife shouted me as earthquake happening. we saw out of windows some buildings shaking, cupboards cans rattling, bottles jerking, bookshelves hitching very badly. we rush out of our homes and saw some people are frightened condition and panicked. ever its too funky that i gained the experience of the earthquake.
  • GEOFON Southwestern Pakistan Apr 16 10:44 7.7 73 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Iran-pakistan Border Region Apr 16 10:44 7.8 82 MAP I Felt It
  • Ras Al khaimah - It was my first experience. I felt very strong shaking in my 6 floor building. It was very scary. Still am vibrating just by remembering that!

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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