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The 2011 Dalbandin earthquake occurred on January 19 at 01:23 AM local time with a moment magnitude of Mw 7.2 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VI (Strong). The shock occurred in a sparsely populated area of Balochistan, caused moderate damage, three deaths and some injuries.

2011 Dalbandin earthquake
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2011 Dalbandin earthquake is located in Pakistan
2011 Dalbandin earthquake
UTC time2011-01-18 20:23:23
ISC event15938045
Local date18 January 2018
Local time01:23:23 PKT
Magnitude7.2 Mw [1]
Depth90 km (55.9 mi) [1]
Epicenter28°45′N 64°03′E / 28.75°N 64.05°E / 28.75; 64.05Coordinates: 28°45′N 64°03′E / 28.75°N 64.05°E / 28.75; 64.05 [1]
TypeDip-slip [2]
Areas affectedPakistan
Total damageModerate [3]
Max. intensityVI (Strong) [2]
Casualties3 killed, some injured [3]



The tectonic environment of this region is dominated by the motions of the Arabian Plate, the Indian Plate, and the Eurasian Plate. This earthquake occurred as a result of normal faulting within the lithosphere of the subducted Arabian Plate.[2]


About 200 mud houses, including some government offices, were reported damaged in the Dalbandin area of Pakistan.[4][5][6] Two women died of heart attacks in Quetta after the earthquake, about 330 km northeast of the epicenter, where the Mercalli intensity was IV (Light).[7][8]


Tremors after the earthquake reached neighboring countries[4] including Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Iran, Afghanistan, and India. It was felt with a Mercali intensity of IV (Light) in Islamabad, Karachi, Muscat, Delhi, and III (Weak) in Kabul, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c ISC (2016), ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue (1900–2012), Version 3.0, International Seismological Centre
  2. ^ a b c d USGS. "M 7.2 - southwestern Pakistan". United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ a b National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS) (1972), Significant Earthquake Database (Data Set), National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K
  4. ^ a b Martin, S. S.; Kakar, D. M. (1 August 2012). "The 19 January 2011 Mw 7.2 Dalbandin Earthquake, Balochistan". Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. 102 (4): 1810–1819. Bibcode:2012BuSSA.102.1810M. doi:10.1785/0120110221. ISSN 0037-1106.
  5. ^ the CNN Wire Staff (18 January 2011). "Homes damaged after Pakistan earthquake -". Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Leading News Resource of Pakistan". Daily Times. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Un muerto y varios heridos por terremoto en Pakistán" (in Spanish). El Economista. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  8. ^ Ali, Saeed (12 December 2010). "Major quake rattles Pakistan | World | News". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 22 January 2011.

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