Thursday, January 20, 2011

7.4 magnitude earthquake rocks Pakistan

Initial reports of damage and injuries from the Pakistan earthquake have not yet been received. On Oct. 8, 2005, a 7.6 earthquake in northwestern Pakistan left 3 million without homes. Also, 80,000 people were killed by that 2005 Pakistan earthquake. However, the border region of Pakistan hit by today’s 7.4 earthquake is very lightly populated and very seismically active. The Baluchistan province of Pakistan is considered a “conflict zone,” as the border it shares with Afghanistan is not very well-secured and is in a very difficult-to-survive area of the desert.
The Pakistan earthquake comes at a very difficult time for the country. Currently, Pakistan is dealing with the aftermath of the 2010 monsoon season, which put one-fifth of the country under water. The Pakistani military also spends a significant amount of time in the region hit by the Pakistan earthquake, trying to control the conflict and border troubles with militants from Iran and Afghanistan. The damage from the 7.4 earthquake this morning is likely to be severe, and the country has incredibly limited resources for handling the aftermath of the Pakistan earthquake.

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