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M5.4 Sharian (Neelum Valley) Earthquake, 2009


20 February 2009


NE of Sharian, Neelum Val.


03:48:51 UTC


34.229 N (NEIC)


73.827 E (NEIC)


7 kms (NEIC)


Mw 5.4 (NEIC)

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A moderate earthquake (M5.0-5.9 termed as "moderate") occurred in the Kashmir Himalayas region on 20 February 2009 at 08:48 AM local time in Pakistan and 09:18 AM local time in India. It had a magnitude of Mw=5.4 and was widely felt in northern Pakistan and parts of north India causing several injuries as well as some damage. This is the strongest earthquake in this immediate region since March 2006.

The earthquake was centr
ed 5.2 kms NE of Sharian, Kashmir Himalayas region,
13.4 kms NNW of Chakoti, Kashmir Himalayas region,
19.5 kms S of Tangdhar (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
27 kms N of Bagh, Kashmir Himalayas region,
25.8 kms WNW of Uri (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
35 kms ESE of Muzaffarabad, Kashmir Himalayas region,
48 kms W of Baramulla (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
54 kms NE of Murree (Punjab), Pakistan,
90 kms WNW of Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
94 kms NNE of Islamabad (NCT), Pakistan,
195 kms NNW of Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
214 kms E of Peshawar (N.W.F.P.), Pakistan,
300 kms N of Lahore (Punjab), Pakistan,
477 kms NW of Chandigarh (U.T.), India.

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At least 44 persons were injured as a result of this earthquake and s
ketchy reports say at least two students were killed when a school collapsed near Muzaffarabad but confirmation on this incident is awaited. At least three students were injured when the wall of their school collapsed at Ghaipura village in the Leepa Valley. Another person was hurt in a wall collapse at Hoola village in the same valley. In the Neelum Valley, one person was injured at Katha Chogalli and another at Jura. Two injuries were also reported from Panjkot as a result of a house collapse and another person was hurt at Balgran. A wall collapsed at Hattian resulting in at least one injury. Twenty school students were injured when the boundary walls of schools at Bisian, Lahore Kass and Yousafi Birot collapsed in the Abbottabad area; ten injuries occurred at Lahore Kass alone. In Jammu & Kashmir, one person was injured at Vamul in Srinagar after jumping from the first floor of a shopping complex. Three people were injured at Karnah in Kupwara district when three houses sustained some damage during the quake. Elsewhere in Kupwara, at least ten people were hurt in a stampede.

A road between Muzaffarabad and the Neelam Valley was blocked by a landslide. Roads from Mansehra leading to the Naran, Kaghan and Konsh valleys were also blocked by landslides. Several kutchha houses collapsed and a newly built school was damaged in the Muzaffarabad area. Wall collapses occurred at Athkumam, Dawarian, Ghaipura, Hoolam, Jura and Panjkot, all near Muzaffarabad. Between 40-50 houses collapsed at Panjkot. The roof of the Government Girl's School at Chiniari reportedly caved in. In Jammu & Kashmir, two double-storied buildings were "razed" at Warsun on Kupwara district. A few buildings, including the OPD, were damaged at Karnah in Kupwara district. Elsewhere in Kupwara district, damage was reported from Awathkul, Chowkibal, Malial and Marsar. Two old and abandoned buildings were damaged in the old part of Srinagar while in Baramulla, buildings cracked in the earthquake in 2005 sustained further damage.

Strong tremors were felt in the Kashmir Himalayas including at Balakot, Chakoti, Muzaffarabad and in the Neelum Valley, This earthquake has been felt strongly in parts of northern Pakistan including Chitral, Deena, Gujjar Khan, Gujrat, Islamabad, Jhelum, Lahore, Mansehra, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Sialkot and Sohawa. In India, strong tremors were felt in many parts of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, particularly in the districts of Baramulla, Kupwara, Poonch and Rajauri. Panic was rife in the towns of Baramulla, Kupwara and Uri immediately after the earthquake. In Srinagar, where the quake lasted close to 10-seconds, many people ran outdoors and remained on the streets for a while. T
remors were also felt at Jammu as well as in the districts of Doda, Ramban, Riasi and Udhampur in Jammu & Kashmir, India. Tremors from this earthquake were felt as far as Chandigarh.

01) National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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