Quake – 7.8 Iran / Pakistan Border

Well, that’s a big one. Given the mediocre building standards, there will be damage. One can only hope the area is populated with more sheep than cities. h/t to Ralph B in T11

Magnitude 7.8 – IRAN-PAKISTAN BORDER REGION

2013 April 16 10:44:20 UTC

Earthquake Details

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 7.8
Date-Time

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:44:20 UTC
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 03:44:20 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 28.107°N, 62.053°E
Depth 82 km (51.0 miles)
Region IRAN-PAKISTAN BORDER REGION
Distances 86 km (53 miles) ESE of Khash, Iran
167 km (103 miles) NE of Iranshahr, Iran
198 km (123 miles) SE of Zahedan, Iran
237 km (147 miles) SSW of Rudbar, Afghanistan
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14.3 km (8.9 miles); depth +/- 2.9 km (1.8 miles)
Parameters NST=175, Nph=175, Dmin=976.3 km, Rmss=0.98 sec, Gp= 32°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=9
Source

Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID usb000g7x7

Pakistan / Iran Border 7.8 on 16 April 2013

Pakistan / Iran Border 7.8 on 16 April 2013

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4 Responses to Quake – 7.8 Iran / Pakistan Border

  1. Speed says:

    Those interested in volcanoes and earthquakes might enjoy This Dynamic Planet, a map produced by the USGS, the Smithsonian and the US Naval Research Laboratory. It is 43 inches by 58 inches (approx..) available for US$14 — cheap. Better yet, a high resolution PDF can be downloaded. I printed (OK, Office Max printed) a 24 x 36 (approx.) version, mounted it on foam core and have it hanging right here.
    http://pubs.usgs.gov/imap/2800/

  2. Speed says:

    Speaking of earthquakes …

    Global Earthquake Fatalities and Population
    Modern global earthquake fatalities can be separated into two components: (1) fatalities from an approximately constant annual background rate that is independent of world population growth and (2) fatalities caused by earthquakes with large human death tolls, the frequency of which is dependent on world population. Earthquakes with death tolls greater than 100,000 (and 50,000) have increased with world population and obey a nonstationary Poisson distribution with rate proportional to population. We predict that the number of earthquakes with death tolls greater than 100,000 (50,000) will increase in the 21st century to 8.7±3.3 (20.5±4.3) from 4 (7) observed in the 20th century if world population reaches 10.1 billion in 2100. Combining fatalities caused by the background rate with fatalities caused by catastrophic earthquakes (>100,000 fatalities) indicates global fatalities in the 21st century will be 2.57±0.64 million if the average post-1900 death toll for catastrophic earthquakes (193,000) is assumed.

    http://earthquakespectra.org/doi/abs/10.1193/1.4000106
    Via Seismo Blog

    … Of course, no seismologist wants to see people suffer because of earthquakes and many use their scientific and technical skills to help reduce the seismic risk. This job however is becoming more and more difficult, because the world population is growing rapidly and many megacities are located in seismically active zones or at coastlines prone to be hit by tsunamis.

  3. gary turner says:

    All these big quakes seem to happen where there is no fracking taking place. Maybe the greenies should encourage fracking so that quakes that do happen will be smaller. ;)

    gary

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    @Gary Turner:

    Oooh! nice one ;-)

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