Monday 3 October 2016

Magnitude 5.4 Earthquake in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 5.4 Earthquake at a depth of 43.4 km, roughly 48 km to the north of the town of Athmuqam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan, slightly after 1.00 pm local time (slightly after 8.00 am) on Saturday 1 October 2016. There are no reports of any damage or casualties associated with this event, but people have reported feeling it across northern Pakistan.

 The approximate location of the 1 October 2016 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Earthquake. Google.

Northern Pakistan lies close to the boundary between the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which runs through northern Afghanistan. The Indian Plate is moving northward relative to the Eurasian Plate, causing folding and uplift along this boundary, which has led to the formation of the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, the Himalayas and the other mountain ranges of Central Asia., and which makes the nations in this boundary zone prone to Earthquakes.

Plate boundaries and movements beneath southern Pakistan, Iran and the Arabian Sea. University of Southampton.

Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. The international non-profit organization Earthquake Report is interested in hearing from people who may have felt this event; if you felt this quake then you can report it to Earthquake Report here.
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