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M5.3 Astore Valley Sequence, 2002


3 November 2002


NW of Rakhlot Peak, Zaskar Mountains


07:33:35 UTC


35.359 N (ISC)


74.636 E (ISC)


15.1 kms (ISC)


Mw 5.3 (HRV); Mb 5.3 (ISC)

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A moderate earthquake struck the Astore Valley in the Kashmir Himalayas, on 3 November 2002 at 12:33 PM local time killing 17 people and causing damage to property. It had a magnitude of Mw=5.3. This earthquake followed a similar sized earthquake on 2 November and was followed by a larger event on 21 November 2002.

The earthquake was centred 6 kilometres NW of Rakhlot Peak, Kashmir Himalayas,
13.9 kilometres NNE of Nanga Parbat peak (Zaskar Mountains), Kashmir Himalayas,
20.4 kilometres W of Astore (Zaskar Mountains), Kashmir Himalayas
38.2 kilometres
S of Jaglot (Zaskar Mountains), Kashmir Himalayas,
49.8 kilometres E of Chilas (Zaskar Mountains), Kashmir Himalayas,

70.1 kilometres SSE of Gilgit (Zaskar Mountains), Kashmir Himalayas,
142 kilometres N of Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), India,
232 kilometres NNE of Islamabad (N.C.T.), Pakistan.

17 people were killed and at 65 were injured in this earthquake. Many of the injured were admitted to the District Headquarters Hospital at Chilas. Hundreds of heads of cattle are also believed to have been perished in landslides. Close to 1,500 people were also left homeless and the villages of Mohat, Tatu, Jal and Roy Kot have been badly affected in the Hunza Valley. Traffic was suspended after landslides swept away 2-kilometres of the Karakoram Highway near Chilas. Hot water was also discharged at many locations along the highway following the quake. Tremors from this event were felt at Gilgit and Skardu.

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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