Dangerous moderate earthquake near Islamabad turns deadly, Pakistan

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Important Update July 25 08:04 UTC :
Sad to report that 2 woman and a child lost their lives when a roof collapsed in Abbottabad. The collapse was caused by the shaking of the earthquake. The walls of many houses were cracked.

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Update 21:38 UTC : Earthquake Impact Details
The earthquake happened in Pakistan, Province of North-west Frontier (population 16,643,640). The nearest places are Athal (9km), and Islamabad (560000 people , 14km).
The following vulnerable infrastructure is nearby and may be affected. The nearest hydrodams are Rawal (13km), and Simly (17km). The nearest protected areas are Ayubia (4km), and Margalla Hills (16km).
For logistics, the following access points are nearby. The nearest airports are Islamabad International (runway 10900ft, 22km), and Qasim (runway 6600ft, 30km). There are no known ports nearby.
The maximum altitude nearby is 4400m. The area has steep slopes (up to 60 percent) and may be susceptible to landslides.
Based on our experience, we call the properties in an area of 98000 people at risk for serious damage (10 km radius around the epicenter) and another 800000 people for slight damage (radius in between 10 and 20 km from the epicenter)

Update 21:20 UTC : Earthquake-report.com calls this earthquake dangerous for even serious damage based on the building style in Pakistan and the depth of the hypocenter. Older adobe and brick buildings may suffer damage near the epicenter.

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15km (9mi) NE of Islamabad, Pakistan
22km (14mi) WSW of Murree, Pakistan
25km (16mi) NNE of Rawalpindi, Pakistan
27km (17mi) S of Havelian, Pakistan
15km (9mi) NE of Islamabad, Pakistan

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-07-25 01:59:53

GMT/UTC Time : 2015-07-24 20:59:53

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Islamabad, Pakistan Jul 24 20:59 5.1 19 MAP
EMSC Pakistan Jul 24 20:59 5.1 25 MAP
  • Taxila - my bed was shaking, cutlery items were all displaced & strong ripples were produced in water bottle beside me. It awoke everyone in the home. no damage was observed nearby.
  • Nowshera - Everyone was sleeping and suddenly i felt a strong shake while i was playing games on computer.
  • Ayubia - It was a horrifying experience
  • Islamabad - in bed 2am (GMT+5)... the room started shaking ... 2 big jolts and then windows rattling. lasted about 2-3 seconds.
  • Rawalpindi - Earthquake of short duration
  • Abbottabad - Very horrifying experience Allah Pak raham farmay
  • Wah Cantt - We are were sleeping .....suddenly earth starts to shook .....it was nt mre than 5 sec.....but maybe it is a foreshock......who knws....bcoz i have seen on ur website another on 24th july.....late night....and which i observe is almost around 1.55 am of 25th july......
  • Murree - Doors and Windows were shaking and the last shock was the hardest one!
  • Bani Gala - Very strong shaking
  • Islamabad - it was so scary
  • Rawalpindi - Experienced a strong earthquake...
  • Islamabad - the birds chirped restlessly, the windows creaked like lighting. the chandeliers swung from side to side
  • Wah Cantt - I felt number of jolts about 4 to 5 seconds as I was playing with my mobile. As per local news it was M4.6
  • Islamabad - very short in duration but strong
  • Islamabad - I was sleeping in one room. As earth quake struk i ran to end room to pick my son. My flat is on top floor. It was very strong and very quick. While running i heard noises of men and women from otger flats also. By the time i reached to my son it was stopped.
  • Islamabad - The sound was very terrifying. Immediately Took my family out on terrace.
  • Islamabad - Thing dropped down from dressing table.. window glasses shaked.. wall hangings swing..
  • Islamabad - It was strong enough to make us run outside. But no damage has occured here
  • Rawalpindi - it was horrible, may God hv mercy on us and on the whole world, amen.
  • Bharakahu - Felt slight shaking first then a major jolt that lasted for over 2 second approximately.. Felt an aftershock as well about 45 minutes later..
  • Islamabad - It was really scary . No damage occurs thanks for its short duration
  • Islamabad - For a moment i thought its the earthquake which i felt back in year 2005. The intensity was really high for 2 3 seconds.
  • Islamabad - Jolted awake approx 2:00am. I am from LA and used to earthquakes - strongest I have felt since 1994 in LA. Felt like it lasted 30 seconds, mild shaking after several strong jolts.
  • Islamabad - Woken up by shaking but very brief, less that a minute
  • Islamabad - I was just about to go to sleep that I felt my bed was shaking, I turned the light on and the shaking got very intense. My son who was awake told me that the earthquake lasted for about 7 seconds. All other persons in the house woke up but no damage was noticed to property.
  • Islamabad - Was on the 6th floor of apartments. Building was swinging from side to side. Ran down the stairs. Felt minor tremors afterwards. Absolutely scary, left the building
  • Islamabad - Very strong jolts
  • Abbottabad - it was quite huge
  • Taxila, Rawalpindi - I was studying when suddenly my bed starts shaking we ran towards outside but it was ended . A humble request to all people to pray and Astaghfar .
  • Islamabad - Very intense jolts. After 2005 earthquake, there have been several mild ones. This time household pets became very agitated too.
  • islamabad - We were awakened by the sounds of the windows and doors rattling. Moderately intense-- mainly worried there would be more and worse quakes.
  • Rawalpindi - Well i was sleeping and suddenly i woke up and the earth was shaking. And it did for approximately 15 more seconds after that. It was strong.
  • Islamabad - i taught my son shaking my bed
  • Islamabad - no damage. I was in the upper storey of my 2 storey house. It was a very strong shake. Kept going for around 15-20 secs maybe. Kept rocking the furniture
  • Islamabad - Shook strongly for 4-5 seconds. Nobody evacuated the building.
  • Wah Cantt - I was sleeping, and it was one of worst jolts i felt in my life. Thanks to Almighty that everyone is safe . Alhamdulillah.
  • Rawalpindi - It was so dangerous
  • Rawalpindi - Was sleeping when felt strong jolts of earthquake.
  • Murree - It is at 2:59am date 25/7/2015 in ghoe sharif i feel earthquakes with strong shaking but (Allah ka sukhar hai)only half min earthquakes i feel...
  • GEOFON Pakistan Jul 24 20:59 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Islamabad - Could hear the tremors very scary!




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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) ?
    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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