Strong earthquake with magnitude 5.6 hit northwestern Kashmir


A strong 5.6 magnitude earthquake (reported by USGS) with depth of 49.3 km hit northwestern part of Kashmir on March 12th, 2012 at 06:06 UTC. EMSC reported 5.7 magnitude earthquake with depth of 60 km.

The nearest populated places are: Lasht (13km), Baroghil (19km), Kharach (20km), Dehe Gholaman (18km). The closest civilian airport is Chitral (159km). The Murgab hydrodam is located at a distance of 62 km from the epicenter. No nuclear

Max. expected shaking: moderate for 9,000 people and light shaking: 332,000.

Koyo Zom is the highest peak in the Hindu Raj mountain range in Pakistan at 6872 m. The Hindu Raj mountain range lies between the Hindu Kush and the Karakoram ranges.

Based on the current hypocenter (49.3 km) and the epicenter location (preliminary), earthquake-report calls this earthquake moderately dangerous. The biggest danger will come from landslides and rockfall. Additionally, the houses in the area are mostly build of stones and are very vulnerable.

At 08:26:14 UTC, the same region was struck by another earthquake. This time magnitude 4.5.

Magnitude 5.6
  • Monday, March 12, 2012 at 06:06:45 UTC
  • Monday, March 12, 2012 at 11:06:45 AM at epicenter
Location 36.796°N, 73.172°E
Depth 49.3 km (30.6 miles)
Distances 141 km (87 miles) NW of Gilgit, Kashmir
154 km (95 miles) NE of Chitral, Pakistan
162 km (100 miles) ESE of Khorugh, Tajikistan
348 km (216 miles) N of ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14.4 km (8.9 miles); depth +/- 9.3 km (5.8 miles)
Parameters NST=226, Nph=229, Dmin=568.8 km, Rmss=0.72 sec, Gp= 43°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=5
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usb0008ffg

Historical seismicity map (1990 – present)

Featured image: Google Earth via RSOE-EDIS


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