Earthquake in Pakistan

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Type of Event Earthquake
Location of Event Balochistan, Pakistan
Date of Charter Activation 24 September 2013
Charter Requestor UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNICEF
Project Management UNOSAT

Description of the Event

A large and powerful earthquake struck the province of Balochistan, a remote, mountainous region of Pakistan, on the evening of 24 September 2013. The region is Pakistan's largest, but least populated province. Officials in the area report that major damage and loss of life has been averted due to the earthquake's location in a remote area.

The earthquake measured 7.8 on the Richter Scale and tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi. Aftershocks of up to 5 magnitude are expected following the earthquake.

Reports suggest that over 200 people have been killed and almost 400 people are injured. A red alert has been issued for the area, which means that there are estimated fatalities of more than 1000 and damages exceeding $1 billion.

In the Awaran district, it has been reported that entire villages were destroyed in the earthquake. The houses in these locations were mostly constructed from mud, which offered little resistance to the earthquake.

Local media have reported that a new island has been created off Pakistan's Gwadar coastline, following the earthquake, approximately 1 kilometre out to sea.

Images and/or Image product Delivered under the Charter

Damage assessment for Kuldan Area, Kech District, Balochistan Province, Pakistan

Source: Worldview-2

Acquired: 07/10/2013

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Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Damage assessment for Dal Area, Kech District, Balochistan Province, Pakistan

Source: WorldView-2

Acquired: 07/10/2013

Copyright DigitalGlobe & Microsoft Corporation
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Damage Assessment for North Eastern Kech District, Balochistan Province, Pakistan

Source: WorldView-2

Acquired: 07/10/2013

Copyright DigitalGlobe & Microsoft Corporation
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Damage assessment for Jebri Area, Awaran District, Balochistan Province, Pakistan

Source: Worldview-1

Acquired: Pre-crisis: 20/06/2013
Post-crisis: 27/09/2013

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Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Damage assessment for Eastern Awaran Town, Balochistan Province, Pakistan

Source: Pléiades-HR 1A

Acquired: Pre-crisis: 23/03/2013
Post-crisis: 26/09/2013

Copyright CNES 2013 - Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Damage assessment for Gajar Area, Awaran District, Balochistan Province, Pakistan

Source: Pléiades-HR 1A

Acquired: Pre-crisis: 23/03/2013
Post-crisis: 26/09/2013

Copyright CNES 2013 - Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Damage assessment for Western Awaran Town, Balochistan Province, Pakistan

Source: Pléiades-HR 1A

Acquired: Pre-crisis: 23/03/2013
Post-crisis: 26/09/2013

Copyright CNES 2013 - Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Damage assessment for Gajar Area, Awaran District, Balochistan Province, Pakistan

Source: Pléiades-HR 1A

Acquired: Pre-crisis: 23/03/2013
Post-crisis: 26/09/2013

Copyright CNES 2013 - Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Damage assessment for Western Awaran Town, Balochistan Province, Pakistan

Source: Pléiades-HR 1A

Acquired: Pre-crisis: 23/03/2013
Post-crisis: 26/09/2013

Copyright CNES 2013 - Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT