Fewer Deaths than 2004, but Earthquakes Still Kill Nearly 90,000 in 2005

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Fewer Deaths than 2004, but Earthquakes Still Kill Nearly 90,000 in 2005

January 16, 2006

Although there were fewer deaths worldwide in 2005 due to earthquakes, more than 89,353 casualties were reported, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and confirmed by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Nearly all of the fatalities for the year, more than 87,000, occurred when a magnitude 7.6 hit Pakistan on Oct. 8.

In 2004, the third deadliest earthquake year on record, over 283,000 perished in the Dec. 26 magnitude 9.0 Sumatra quake and related tsunami. This event was likely the trigger for a magnitude 8.7 quake, which struck the adjacent zone of Sumatra on March 28, 2005. This earthquake left 1313 people dead and was the largest temblor for 2005.

The deadliest quake of 2005 was the 7.6 in northern Pakistan, killing 87,351 and injuring more than 69,000. Extensive damage occurred in the Muzaffarabad area, Kashmir, where entire villages were destroyed, and at Uri where 80 percent of the town was devastated.

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Pakistan lost nearly 90,000 people in 2005 from a quake magnitude 7.6. That's a lot of people. Hopefully they will find a way to predict quakes before they strike.
By YCON: posted on 9-2-2006








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