Ouch, that’s gotta hurt…
I’ve been through a 7.2 and it’s not nice. Worse when the building codes are not so great and unreinforced masonry is a frequent building material.
Pakistan Centric View
Magnitude 7.2 – SOUTHWESTERN PAKISTAN
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 20:23:26 UTC
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 01:23:26 AM at epicenter
Location 28.838°N, 63.947°E
Depth 84 km (52.2 miles) set by location program
Region SOUTHWESTERN PAKISTAN
45 km (30 miles) W of Dalbandin, Pakistan
260 km (160 miles) W of Kalat, Pakistan
310 km (190 miles) ESE of Zahedan, Iran
1035 km (640 miles) WSW of ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
horizontal +/- 7.1 km (4.4 miles); depth fixed by location program
NST=159, Nph=159, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=1.33 sec, Gp= 47°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=1
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID us2011ggbx
Interesting that it is a bit off the large fault line too. It’s as though there is one mode that is ‘fault slip’ that we’ve been in for most of my life and another that is ‘mountain building’ where the stresses are more away from the faults. As though the ‘skin’ is being pushed in everywhere rather than plates jostling for position. Yes, all just idle speculation…
Live USA Quake Map
Action Closer to Me
Original Image, with captions and description. The original is interactive with clickable regions for ‘close ups’.
I’d expect there to be significant damage and loss of life from this. Mostly due to poverty not leading to great building codes. We’ll have to wait and see. With any luck, the government of Pakistan will have been more effective at making safety of construction an issue. ( Islam does lend itself to a greater tendency to grand buildings made solidly, we’ll have to see if that also translates to the general countryside and “tribal areas”.) This quake looks per the simple USGS map to be a non-urban area. I hope it is just a bunch of farm land with “stick built” houses.
(Sidebar: The common term here for 2 x 4 inch wooden wall stud construction is “stick built”. it does not mean ‘made from wattle and daub” nor actual sticks…)