Very strong slightly damaging earthquake in Pakistan

Last update: February 8, 2017 at 11:19 am by By

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Update 11:11 UTC : No. of house & walls collapsed due to late night earthquake in coastal town of Pasni in Gwadar. No loss of lives reported.

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Update 11:10 UTC :

Update 01:07 UTC : We do fear that news will only reach us by small pieces as Balochistan is a very isolated province in Pakistan with a lot of insurgents. During an earlier M7.5 earthquake, the government rescue and rescue could only reach the epicenter zone days after it happened.

Update 01:00 UTC : A ER readers from nearby Gwadar tells his experience + the one from a family member living in Pasni :

It was mid night here in Gwadar town, some 100 kilometers from Pasni, I was sleeping and I wake up when I felt the earthquake. After few minutes I called my family living in Pasni, they told that it was a very strong earthquake in recent decades; it's midnight but everyone in Pasni is alert and people are avoiding to stay inside the houses in spite of cold weather.

Update 23:18 UTC : The earthquake was felt in neighboring Iran

Update 23:04 UTC : Pasni is the closest city to the epicenter (only 16 km) and has a population of 400,000 !!!

Update 22:48 UTC :

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Update 22:47 UTC : USGS expects a max. very strong shaking felt by 6000 people only. We now however that a very strong shaking can generate a lot of damage in Pakistan.

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Update 22:43 UTC : Extremely strange at this earthquake is that we have almost no additional readers since the earthquake struck, not even from Karachi which is only 300+ km away.

Update 22:43 UTC : Professor Max Wyss, who specializes in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects : 80 to 1000 fatalities and 300 to 3000 injuries

Update 22:41 UTC : GDACS has reported an ORANGE earthquake alert which means that Rescue services may have to intervene.

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382 km W of Karachi, Pakistan / pop: 11,625,000 / local time: 03:03:54.3 2017-02-08
82 km S of Turbat, Pakistan / pop: 75,700 / local time: 03:03:54.3 2017-02-08
16 km W of Pasni, Pakistan / pop: 33,200 / local time: 03:03:54.3 2017-02-08

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2017-02-08 03:03:54

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-02-07 22:03:54

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Pasni, Pakistan Feb 07 22:03 6.3 25 MAP I Felt It
  • Kabul - Very Scary indeed.
  • EMSC Southwestern Pakistan Feb 07 22:03 6.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Gwadar - It was mid night here in Gwadar town, some 100 kilometers from Pasni, I was sleeping and I wake up when I felt the earthquake. After few minutes I called my family living in Pasni, they told that it was a very strong earthquake in recent decades; it's midnight but everyone in Pasni is alert and people are avoiding to stay inside the houses in spite of cold weather.
  • Karachi - Around 2:40pm, in office my table started shaking and an strange but continuous sound could be heard very clearly at the same time. This vibration and sound remained for almost 10 to 15 minutes and we were asked to evacuate as an emergency. our office building is triple storey and when we got out of the building we could still see the window glasses shaking. the vibration and sound discontinued after 15 minutes but the vibration was felt after every alternate 30 minutes with different strengths.
  • Pasni - Very loud rumbling and strong shaking woke me up at about 0300, lasted only a few seconds from what I could tell. Some items were knocked over but nothing damaged as far as I can tell. Now there has been a small aftershock at about 1610, about half the amount of rumbling and shaking. Also only lasted a few seconds.
  • GEOFON Southwestern Pakistan Feb 07 22:03 6.1 10 MAP I Felt It


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    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
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    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).
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    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.
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
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    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.
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    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).
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    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.
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