1997 Harnai earthquake

The 1997 Harnai earthquake occurred on February 27 at 21:08 UTC near Harnai, Pakistan, and felt throughout much of central Balochistan,[3] with a magnitude estimated at 7.0 on the Mw scale.[4] A 2016 study[5] determined that this was a doublet earthquake, the Mw 6.8 shock that hit 19 seconds later being a continuation of the initial main shock. The largest aftershock was an Ms 6.4 shock that hit 22 minutes after the main shock. The earthquake was caused by the collision between the Indian Plate and the Eurasian Plate.[6]

1997 Harnai earthquake
1997 Harnai earthquake is located in Pakistan
1997 Harnai earthquake
UTC timeDoublet earthquake:    
 A: 1997-02-27 21:08
 B: 1997-02-27 21:30
ISC event 
 A: 1013076
 B: 1013084
USGS-ANSS 
 A: ComCat
 B: ComCat
Local dateFebruary 28, 1997
Local time 
 A: 2:08
 B: 2:30
Magnitude 
 A: Mw 7.0 [1]
 B: Ms 6.4 [2]
Depth33 km (21 mi)
Epicenter29°58′34″N 68°12′29″E / 29.976°N 68.208°E / 29.976; 68.208
Max. intensityVIII (Severe)
Casualties100

The mountainous villages near Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, suffered most of the damage. Small villages in Sibi District, with mostly adobe dwellings, were completely destroyed, and the town of Harnai alone had 75 fatalities. The total number of deaths due to the earthquakes was over 100.[7]

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  1. ^ Nissen et al. 2016, p. 330.
  2. ^ Nissen et al. 2016, p. 330.
  3. ^ ANSS: Pakistan 1997 .
  4. ^ ISC-EHB Event 1013076 [IRIS].
  5. ^ Nissen et al. 2016.
  6. ^ "Recent Earthquakes". www.ldeo.columbia.edu.
  7. ^ Lee Allyn Davis (2008). Natural Disasters. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4381-1878-9.

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