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2005 Kashmir earthquake

Map depicting tectonic plates shows Indian subcontinent and Eurasian landplate divide throughout Pakistan and Kashmir where earthquake activity is common.

The Kashmir earthquake (also known as the Northern Pakistan earthquake or South Asia earthquake) of 2005 was a major seismological disturbance (earthquake) that occurred at 08:50:38 Pakistan Standard Time (03:50:38 UTC, 09:20:38 India Standard Time, 08:50:38 local time at epicenter) on October 8, 2005 with the epicenter in the Pakistan-administered region of the disputed territory of Kashmir in South Asia. It registered 7.6 on the moment magnitude scale making it a major earthquake similar in intensity to the 1935 Quetta earthquake, the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake, and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

As of 8 November, the Pakistani government's official death toll was 87,350. Some estimate that the death toll could reach over 100,000.

Most of the affected areas are in mountainous regions and access is impeded by landslides that have blocked the roads. An estimated 3.3 million were left homeless in Pakistan. The UN reported that more than 4 million people are directly affected, as winter snows start. Many of them are at risk of dying from cold and the spread of disease. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz made an appeal to survivors on 26 October to come down to valleys and cities for relief. It has been estimated that damages incurred are well over 5 billion US dollars. Three of the five crossing points have been opened on the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan

The quake erupted near the city of Muzaffarabad; aftershocks have occurred to the northwest (USGS).

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