7.8 Mag Earthquake, Khash, Iran

  1. Astronuc

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    A large earthquake (7.8) has been reported on the border region in Iran near the border with Pakistan's Balochistan province.

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000g7x7#summary

    This is coincident with a number of mag 5 and 6 earthquakes along the junction of the Australian and Asian and Pacific plates, but the Iranian earthquake seems to be an interaction between the Indian and Eurasian plates. It would appear that the Australian plate is also pushing a little stronger into the Indian, Asian and Pacific plates.

    http://www.learner.org/interactives/dynamicearth/plate.html
     
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    There could be more on the Pakistan side. According to this there are about 1700 villages of mud-brick houses in the area, likely to have collapsed roofs. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22168202 (includes an amateur video clip).
     
  5. davenn

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    Only just recorded the 7.8 on my seismo, relatively low amplitude, its still visible ~ 1/2 way down the screen the distance, depth and orientation means it wasnt well recorded by my system

    But there was also a Mw6.6 - nth coast of New Guinea, PNG, within the last hour that is visible at the bottom of the trace http://www.sydneystormcity.com/sydln.gif

    cheers
    Dave
     
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  7. Yikes! I didn't know about this, but thanks for letting us know!

    Any updates regarding the earthquake?
     
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  9. Astronuc

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    http://news.yahoo.com/7-0-quake-hits-ocean-off-japan-russia-041558677.html

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000gbf8#summary
     
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