Pakistan Earthquake Felt Around the Region

On January 19th an earthquake struck southwestern Pakistan at 1:23 a.m. It has been estimated that 200 houses that were located near the epicenter have been damaged. Luckily, this earthquake did not result in any deaths. The United States has offered aid to Pakistan but they did not accept it because they do not think it is necessary at this moment. The earthquake was originally reported at a magnitude of 7.4, but after more information came in they discovered it was a magnitude of 7.2 (meaning that the amount of energy expended was about half what was originally thought!). This earthquake was classified as ‘major’ and anything over a magnitude of 8.0 is considered ‘great.’ People from all over Pakistan reported feeling the earthquake for around 20 to 30 seconds; the USGS Community Internet Intensity Map shows that the earthquake was felt in many surrounding countries. Experts say it is not uncommon for this place to experience earthquakes, as it is located where two tectonic plates merge.

Sources: CNN | MSNBC | CNN video: security concerns

Chelsea O.

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