Deadly earthquake close to Nawabshah, Pakistan – At least 3 people killed and 70 injured

Last update: May 9, 2014 at 10:24 am by By

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Update : This video from Dunyanews.tv  gives some more background footage of the earthquake

Update : We have unfortunately no Focal Mechanism of this earthquake which could explain the type of earthquake with more certainty. The tectonic plates interaction can be seen on the map below. The red bullet shows the epicenter. Most of the earthquakes in the greater epicenter area do show Thrust earthquake (intraplate Indo-Australian plate). Near the main fault line earthquakes tend to be strike slip earthquakes (second map courtesy EMSC).

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Update : The series started on May 8 UTC time. The main reason for the damage has to be found both in the type of earthquake (a very shallow  earthquake – 15 km depth) and the fertile valley that has a thick layer of sediment in this otherwise desert environment.

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A series of three moderate quakes and several aftershocks hit southern Pakistan between 3:55 und 4:50 local time. According to local sources, the strongest quake reached Magnitude 5.0. (USGS however says the quakes were not stroger than M 4.6)
The epicenters were located in a very populated part of Indus Valley, very close to Nawabshah.

Image courtesy and copyright dunyanews.tv

Image courtesy and copyright dunyanews.tv

According to Pakistani press the quakes caused heavy damage in Nawabshah and surrounding areas. The roofs and walls of several houses collapsed. At least 2 people were killed there and more than 70 others were injured. 5 injuries are in very critical, life-threatening conditions. It is expected that the casualty number will rise.

Pakistan

12km (7mi) SE of Daur, Pakistan
13km (8mi) N of Nawabshah, Pakistan
27km (17mi) NNE of Sakrand, Pakistan
35km (22mi) NW of Shahpur Chakar, Pakistan
907km (564mi) S of Kabul, Afghanistan

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.7

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-05-09 04:50:12

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-05-08 23:50:12

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Pakistan May 08 23:50 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Pakistan May 08 23:50 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Nawabshah, Pakistan - this earthquake caused severe damage and 3 people killed and 70 people injured.
  • Mehran University Residential colony - our property hasnt destroyed but v our bed shaked alot and we heard a very hard sound v felt this for few sound and sky got red. after 10 mins again it was big shaking our whole home shaked
  • Nawabshah - it was the night of 8th may 2014 at about 23.50. i feel strong shaking strock i awaked up suddenly at the same time i listen crying of children and woman house is dancing left,right, up and down with sparking sound sky was dusty, red, sky electric were sparking. about 6 aftershocks up to namaz Fajar. i think and feel our God is angry with the attitude of muslims residental of nawabshah due to unjustice, cruption, reliagious ,languastic,and many other poulatical ethical and karokari hrasment.Musl
  • USGS Daur, Pakistan May 08 23:50 4.6 15 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Pakistan May 08 23:07 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Nawabshah, Pakistan May 08 23:07 4.3 15 MAP I Felt It
  • Nawabshah - No damage in Concrete or Cement plaster walls but the damages are seen in Mud plaster walls. ER : these are indeed the most vulnerable - Always the same, everywhere in the world! Thanks for telling us
  • EMSC Pakistan May 08 23:07 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Daur, Pakistan May 08 22:51 4.5 14 MAP I Felt It INFO


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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.
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    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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