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M6.3 Astore Valley Sequence, 2002


20 November 2002


NW of Rakhlot Peak, Zaskar Mountains


21:32:27 UTC  


35.345 N (ISC)


74.592 E (ISC)


13.0 kms (ISC)


Mw 6.3 (HRV), 6.0 (NEIC)

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A strong earthquake struck the Astore Valley in the Kashmir Himalayas, on 21 November 2002 at 03:02 AM local time killing 23 people and causing damage to property. It had a magnitude of Mw=6.3.

The earthquake was centred 7.5 kilometres WNW of Rakhlot Peak, Kashmir Himalayas,
11.5 kilometres N of Nanga Parbat peak (Zaskar Mountains), Kashmir Himalayas,
25.5 kilometres W of Astore (Zaskar Mountains), Kashmir Himalayas
40.1 kilometres
S of Jaglot (Zaskar Mountains), Kashmir Himalayas,
46.4 kilometres ESE of Chilas (Zaskar Mountains), Kashmir Himalayas,

69.8 kilometres SSE of Gilgit (Zaskar Mountains), Kashmir Himalayas,
141 kilometres N of Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
228 kilometres NNE of Islamabad (N.C.T.), Pakistan.

23 people were killed and dozens wounded in the Astore Valley.
Much of the damage occurred in the Astore Valley, where 4 villages - Turbling, Mushin, Dashkin and Harchu - were been badly affected. 10 people were killed at Turbling (Tarbelling), 2 at Dashkin (Dashkan), 6 at Mushin and and the remaining at Harchu (Harcho). More than 1,000 houses are thought to have either been damaged or destroyed in the quake and 15,000 people have been rendered homeless. Hundreds of heads of cattle are also feared dead in the Astore valley. Water, power and communication links in the region have also been disrupted. This earthquake was felt strongly at Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir, India. People were woken up and many rushed outdoors despite the bitter cold. It was also felt in Islamabad in northern Pakistan.

The Karakoram Highway was blocked by landslides at Tatapani as well as between Gilgit & Hunza and between Gilgit & Chilas. The Gilgit-Astore, Gilgit-Skardu and Gilgit-Ghizer roads were also blocked by landslides. A 90-kilometre section of road in the Astore Valley was closed due to landslides. Cracks have opened up in mountainsides threatening the area with the danger of further landslides. A dust cloud caused by landslides and further aftershocks has reduced visibility to 35 yards hampering rescue and relief by air. An aftershock of magnitude 4.6 on Friday, 22 November 2002, caused further landslides and injured 5 people. Many damaged buildings have collapsed in the aftershocks.

01) International Seismological Centre (ISC), Berkshire.
02) National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
Harvard Centroid Moment Tensor Solution (HRV), Harvard, USA.
04) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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