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Pakistan Earthquake

The Earthquake that hit Pakistan, north of Islamabad on 8 October, has a latest death toll estimate at 40,000. What's not readily measured in remote regions like this is the number left without shelter (estimated in millions). This death toll would make it the 4th worst multiple death event according to a List maintained by FinDem in Resources http://www.findem.com.au/resources/displayResourcesArticle.php?id=62. This quake was measured at Magnitude 7.6. A more forceful earthquake at Magnitude 8.7 occurred in Northern Sumatra on March 28 with loss of life at 1,000.

Although it may seem that there are more earthquakes in recent years, according to long-term records (since about 1900), maintained by The United States Geological Survey earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater have remained fairly constant. They expect about 17 major earthquakes (7.0 - 7.9) and one great earthquake (8.0 or above) in any given year. You can learn more about earthquakes at the USGS site at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/

Posted Thursday, 13 October 2005

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