The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake at a depth of 30.9 km, roughly 6 km to the southwest of the city of Rawalpindi in Punjab Province, Pakistan, slightly before 5.25 pm local time (slightly before 12.25 pm GMT), on Sunday 27 August 2017.There are no reports of any damage or injuries associated with this event, though it was felt locally.
The approximate location of the 27 August 2017 Rawalpindi Earthquake. USGS.
Pakistan lies on 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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