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13 Of The Most Powerful Earthquakes In Pakistan’s History

13 Of The Most Powerful Earthquakes In Pakistan’s History

The country is still rocked by the rather disastrous earthquake. The last calamitous earthquake in the same region was on October 8, 2005.

While you may think this one was much more powerful than the ones you might have experienced recently, here is the actual list of the most powerful earthquakes in Pakistan’s history, They are ranked in the order of devastation they have causes:

 

Jungshahi, Lower Sindh (893-894)

earthquake-jungshahi
Source: weather-forecast.com

150,000 people died and magnitude was 8.

Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 69: pp. 773–823, p.805, Appendix 3, citing Oldham, T. (1882)

 

Kashmir (October 8, 2005)

Kashmir Earthqiuake
Source: Mark Pearson

80,000 people died and 3.5 million people were rendered homeless. Magnitude was 7.6 or 7.8.

 

Shahbundar, Sindh (1668)

earthquake-shahbundar
Source: weather-forecast.com

50,000 deaths and the recorded magnitude was 7.5 on the Richter Scale.

 

Ali Jaan, Balochistan (May 31, 1935)

earthquake-ali-jaan
Source: wikimedia.org

30,000 – 60,000 casualties have been reported by various outlets and the magnitude of this earthquake was recorded to be 7.7.

 

Hunza, Pakistan (December 28, 1947)

earthquake-47
Source: karachimeteorological.wordpress.com

5,300 people lost their lives to nature’s wrath and a further 17,000 were injured. Magnitude of this quake was recorded at 6.2.

 

Pasni, Balochistan (November 28, 1945)

earthquake-pasni
Source: karachimeteorological.wordpress.com

4,000 people died and a tsunami was triggered by this mammoth earthquake. It is recorded at magnitude 8.1, making it the strongest earthquake in Pakistan’s recorded history.

 

Allahbund, Sindh (June 16, 1819)

earthquake-allahbund
Source: wikimedia.org

3,200 died due to this magnitude 7.5 earthquake. The source of this jolt was near the Pakistan-India border at Rann of Kutch.

 

Lahore, Punjab (September 24, 1827)

earthquake-lahore-nama
Source: lahorenama.wordpress.com

1,000 people died after the massive tremors of this earthquake which was recorded at 7.8 magnitude.

 

Awaran District, Balochistan (September 24 – 28, 2013)

earthquake-awaran
Source: dawn.com

Two earthquakes rocked Balochistan’s Awaran district within a span of 4 days. The first occurred on September 24 and caused 825 deaths with a 7.7 magnitude. The second happened on September 8 and killed 400 more with a mere 6.8 magnitude.

 

Ziarat District, Quetta, Balochistan (October 29, 2008)

ziarat-earthquake-pak
Source: brisbanetimes.com.au

Balochistan’s tectonic plates see a lot of frequent activity and this 6.4 magnitude quake jolted the region in 2008.

 

October 26, 2015

The epicenter of this massive quake was near Jarm, Afghanistan felt devastatingly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, along with parts of Northern India.

This scary earthquake is the latest to have rocked the country in all the wrong ways. After that big one on October 26, 2015 authorities had warned of a whole range of aftershocks of varying intensity. This one is said to have been 7.5 on the Richter Scale.

December 25, 2015

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Source: Hazrat Ali Bacha / Reuters

Recorded at 6.3 magnitude, this earthquake’s epicenter was in the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border. It killed at least one woman and a 100 were injured.

 

January 31, 2018

With a magnitude of 6.1, this earthquake was felt in parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Cities like Kabul, Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Srinagar and New Delhi have reported feeling jolts.

 

If you or your area is in need of any kind of help, let MangoBaaz help you spread the word. Stay safe, everyone.

 

 


Cover image via: pakistantoday.com.pk



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