Sunday, April 10, 2016

Quakes Increasing: Afghanistan Is 8th Major Quake Of April, 36th Of 2016

A magnitude 6.6 - 39km WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan is the eighth major quake of April and the 36th of 2016...

A  magnitude 6.6 - 39km WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan is the  eighth major quake of April and the 36th of 2016...

At least one person has been killed and several others injured after a powerful earthquake tore across south-west Asia.

The 7.1 magnitude quake began in Afghanistan, close to the border of Tajikistan, and also jolted parts of Punjab, northern Pakistan and Azad Kashmir, sending people scurrying into streets.

"The 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck at around 3:30pm at a depth of 236 kilometres with its epicentre in Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region", Pakistan's Meteorological Department said.

A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.8 on the Richter Scale hit the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border on Sunday.
The epicentre of the quake was in the Hindu Kush mountain range, 248 km north of Peshawar, according to the National Centre for Seismology.

The United States Geological Survey reported that the quake measured 6.6 on the Richter scale.
The tremors were felt in many parts of north India, including Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Srinagar. Tremors were also felt in Islamabad and other parts of northern Pakistan.
There have been no reports of any casualties or damage to property yet.

According to the government sources , "the tremors caused a landslide on the Karakurm mountain range connecting Swat and Buner". "

"One man was killed and another injured when a landslide hit a car in the Buner district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa," a local official told the Telegraph.
Buildings were seen swaying for more than a minute after the earthquake struck in Kabul and Islamabad.

In India, the quake was so severe it prompted city officials in Delhi to shut down the metro system, while there were fears of post-quake landslides in the worst affected areas.

"There's no question that there's a lot of shaking going on in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas," Petersen said in an interview after a press conference Monday. "These are much higher ground motions" than the last time he created the longer-term map, in 2014.

For example, on that map the risk was low in Dallas; now, after a tenfold increase in risk, Petersen said it compares to places in California. The Dallas-Fort Worth area risk is between 2 to 5 percent this year, he said.

"Oklahoma and Texas have the largest population exposed to induced quakes," Petersen said.

North-central Oklahoma was said to have a 12 percent risk, and it has already been hit: A 5.1 magnitude quake caused some damage around Fairview in February.

The increase in the natural quakes in the New Madrid area remains a mystery, Petersen said, but "it's higher than it's been in several years."

Ashkasham, AFGHANISTAN – One person was feared dead after an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck South Asia on Sunday, shaking buildings and sparking panic in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, witnesses and the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The USGS said the quake was centered about 40km (25 miles) west of Ashkasham in remote northeastern Afghanistan, close to the border with Tajikistan and just across a narrow finger of land from Pakistan’s northwestern Chitral province. It was measured at a depth of 210km (130 miles).
Residents left their homes in Delhi, Kabul and Islamabad when the quake struck, with buildings shaking. Similar reports were received from across northern and central Pakistan and the northern Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, among others. A Pakistani official said at least three people were killed in Buner area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
In the Indian capital, metro rail services were temporarily halted. People ran out of their houses and assembled in open areas. Tremors struck Jammu and Kashmir around 3:59pm, and many localities reported power outage. –Hindustan Times

In the first 100 days of 2016, when compared to 2015, quakes are up 6.8%, with a 28.5% increase in large quakes, but be cautioned: that percentage is dealing with only a few quakes.
In 2016, through 7 a.m. on April 8, Oklahoma has had a total of 994 earthquakes. In 2015 at this point, we had 930 earthquakes.
The largest surge of quakes were very small, between 1.0 and 2.0 magnitude.
But Oklahoma's largest quakes have increased too. In 2016, Oklahoma had nine earthquakes measuring at least 4.0 magnitude. In 2015, we recorded seven.

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