3 Strong Earthquakes Shake Pakistan



On Oct. 23, 2015, at 00:27 UTC, three magnitude 5.3 earthquakes shook Pakistan. The location of the epicenter was 70.44ºE 29.60ºN and had a depth of 40 km.

The Cities that Were Closest to the Epicenter Include

107 km SW of Multān, Pakistan
41 km S of Dera Ghāzi Khān, Pakistan
10 km NW of Jāmpur, Pakistan

A witness located 95 km NE from the quake’s epicenter stated there were significant jolts for 5 seconds. Another report from Multan, Pakistan said it just woke them from their sleep. It was also reported that things were clearly shaking.

There has been a total of reports of seven seismic events in four cities. The United States Geological Service has reported the combination of tremors to be a level six, which indicates strong rumblings.

The convergence of the India and Eurasia plates occur at a rate of 40-50 mm a year. The India plate is pushing under the Eurasia plate, arguably, creating a multitude of earthquakes. This is one of the most hazardous regions seismically on Earth. To the west of the Eurasia plate are the foothills in the Sulaiman. The Indo-Burmese Arc resides on the east while the east-west Himalaya Front lies north of India.

By Jeanette Smith

USGS: M5.3-11 km N Dajal, Pakistan
EMSC: Earthquake Magnitude 5.3-Pakistan
GEOFON: Program GFZ Potsdam
Earth-Quake Report: Earthquakes in the World October 23, 2015

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