Earthquake


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A geological event caused by shifting tectonic plates, triggered by a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes are recorded with a seismometer, also known as a seismograph. The moment magnitude (or the related and mostly obsolete Richter magnitude) of an earthquake is conventionally reported. Magnitudes of 3 or lower are mostly imperceptible; magnitudes of 7 or more cause serious damage over large areas. Intensity of shaking is measured on the modified Mercalli scale
Cause of death Direct trauma due to collapse of buildings, dehydration, shock, crush injury
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An earthquake of 5.5 magnitude on Richter scale hit northern parts of Pakistan including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Fata and Islamabad earlier on Wednesday morning.
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The network should be able to detect even the minutest of earthquakes and it should detect earthquake events from every corner of the country.
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"While there is a low probability of building collapse for typical structures in moderate-sized earthquakes, significant damage is not uncommon, which can result in costly repairs," Daniel O'Brien, geographic information systems and earthquake program manager for the State Emergency Management Office said.
111-5) provided some additional funding for earthquake activities under NEHRP through FY2010.