7.7 Magnitude Earthquake in Awaran

By: Trinity Dombroski

Awaran, Pakistan

You may be wondering what happened on September 24, 2013; well we've got an answer for you. On this date there was a 7.7 magnitude earthquake that hit 61km (38mi) NNE of Awaran and hit nearby cities of Bela, Uthal, Kharan, and Muscat, Oman. The exact location of the earthquake was at the coordinates of 26.951°N 65.501°E with a depth that equals 15.0km (9.3mi). The event occurred at 11:29:47 UTC and killed merely 825 people. How this quake occurred is within the transition zone between northward subduction of the Arabia plate beneath the Eurasia plate and northward collision of the India plate with the Eurasia plate. What civilians have felt at this time where strong winds in the area of Awaran, with tremendous shaking destroying things possibly.

Where the Earthquake Effected

"I lived in the part of town where homes where destroyed, our house being torn down by the wind and destroyed by the shaking putting me and my family out on the street," said 31 year old Sandra. In places like the bad district of Awaran homes where destroyed and taken down. Officials placed 200 military troops to help deal with the disaster. Sandra also told us, "many others in our village were either killed or injured putting us all in devastation." With the the final toll percent of damaged or collapsed house reach a soaring 80%. Great travesty was brought over the district.
More evidence that we found were the wind speeds in areas like Awaran were very strong for it being the closes to the center. In other areas like Bela, Khuzdar, Panjgur, Uthal and Kharan the wind was strong, moderate in Larkana, Malir Cantonment, Nawabshah and Hyderabad, and light in Karachi. For the further away cities they were fortunate to get the light winds and minimal shaking. We went to the are of Bela and got an idea of what damaged happened in areas farther away and found it to be lighter damage compared to the area of Awaran. The damage got progressively less as you got away from the center of the earthquake, not having homes destroyed and in most places you could only know there was an earthquake if you were there to feel it.

Works Cited

“M7.7 - 61km NNE of Awaran, Pakistan (BETA) 2013-09-24 11:29:47 UTC.” USGS. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2014. <http://comcat.cr.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000jyiv#summary>.

“7.7 magnitude earthquake in Pakistan kills 400, Awaran declares emergency.” Recent Natural Disasters. DisasterReport, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2014. <http://www.disaster-report.com/2013/09/earthquake-in-pakistan-emergency-in-awaran.html>. http://www.disaster-report.com/

“2013 Pakistan earthquake.” Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Pakistan_earthquake>.