Case Study: Kashmir Earthquake
The Kashmir earthquake - also known as the Pakistan or the South Asia earthquake - occurred at 8.50am local time on the 8th of October 2005. The epicentre was Muzaffarabad in the Pakistan-administered region of Kashmir, 80 kilometres north east of the capital Islamabad. It registered 7.6 on the Richter scale, making it a similar-sized earthquake to the 2001 Gujarat and the 1906 San Francisco earthquakes. There were at least twenty strong aftershocks and by the end of October, more than a thousand aftershocks had been recorded. Pakistan is an LEDC, and this affected how prepared, or unprepared, the country was for an earthquake on this scale. Chapter one will examine the causes of the earthquake and its effects. Chapter two will discuss the events after the earthquake and the management of the rescue efforts.
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