Met Office fully equipped to calculate earthquakes’ intensity: DG Met

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ISLAMABAD, Jan 5 (APP): Pakistan Meteorological Department was fully equipped to calculate intensity of erathquakes, Director General Met Office Dr Ghulam Rasool said here on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the Met Office got reports from its 20 stations in the country and 15 of neighbouring countries to calculate accurate intensity of erathquakes, while the United States Geological Survey had only seven centres in this area.

He said that Pakistan was in South Asian region which had three big mountain ranges with seismic zone faultlines at their junctions.  The Eurasian plate in the North was dormant while the Indian plate in the South was active because of which the zone was more prone to earthquakes.

The DG Met said that after October 26, 2015 earthquake of 8.1 magnitude on Richter Scale, almost 800 aftershocks had been received so far, 150 of them were above the intensity of 4 magnitude.

He said almost 3500 aftershocks, big and small, were registered for several months after the October 8, 2005 devastative earthquake of 7.6 magnitude.

Small tremors helped release earth energy and save from big shocks, Dr Ghulam Rasool added.

He said the Hindu Kush Region had received a lot of earthquakes and 80 percent of them hit Pak-Afghan and Afghanistan-Tajikistan bordering areas.

The Director General Met said in last five years a surge has been recorded in earthquake jolts. Some 543 were received in 2011, 754 in 2012, 675 in 2013, 771 in 2014 and 851 in 2015.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Major General Asghar Nawaz shared that after the October 26, 2015 earthquake, they contacted officials of Met Office, Atomic Energy Commission, NESPAC, SPARCO, Pakistan Engineering Council, Geological Survey and other related departments to analyze the situation of aftershocks.

They were working to establish a monthly catalog of earthquakes on NDMA’s website for public information, he added.