ShakeMap (Calculated intensity of this Pakistan earthquake):

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What happened:

Minor earthquake detected east of Islamabad on Satuday evening local time, 14:54 UTC. The Indian Meteorological Department determined Magnitude 3.8. The event was followed by a minor aftershock within one minute which is visible on recordings from a nearby station.

Current earthquake activity in Pakistan:

In the past 30 days, 2 earthquakes of magnitude 2.7 or higher were detected in Islamabad, Pakistan (see map section). Therefore, the earthquake activity of the past month has been significantly lower relative to long-term trends (more than 20% deviation).


Since 1960, 2566 earthquakes larger than Magnitude 3.8 were detected in this region. This makes an average of 42.78 earthquakes larger than M3.8 per year in Pakistan. Therefore, the general earthquake activity is usually very high and quakes of this size have an average recurrence time of approx. 0.3 months (9 days).

Largest earthquakes in this map section* (Pakistan and nearby)

Date Magnitude Depth (km)
2005-10-8 7.6 26
2015-10-26 7.5 231
1965-3-14 7.4 208
1985-7-29 7.4 99
1983-12-30 7.4 214
2002-3-3 7.4 226
1993-8-9 7.0 214
1991-1-31 6.9 142
1962-7-6 6.7 216
1991-7-14 6.7 213

*Data: USGS (Magnitude 4.5 +, since 1960)

What to do in case of an earthquake?

1. No panic.

2. If you are inside a building: Seek shelter under stable furniture (e.g. dining table). Be aware of falling objects. Do not flee the building! Falling roof tiles, bricks and glass can harm you. After the shaking stopped: Turn off the electronical devices. Check gas pipes for leaks. Check for structural damage. Leave your house if you are uncertain. In case of damage: Do not enter the building before professional savety check! Dangerous aftershocks might follow. Help your neighbours if necessary.If outdoors: Keep away from buildings, try to find open space, crouch down and cover your head with your arms. Do not run on streets before checking for cars. Always watch your environment.

3. If you are near the coast: In case of strong or long-lasting shaking evacuate to higher grounds immediately! A tsunami might be possible. Do not wait for official warnings. In areas of high tsunami threat, follow the evacuation route signs but be aware of possible damaged buildings and landslides on your route. Once reaching a higher / save point, listen to official instructions and warnings.

4. If you are in the mountains or near a steep slope: Watch for rockfalls, landslides and avalanches. Get away from slopes immediately and protect your head with your arms.

5. Try to help people in need. Take special care for eldery people and children. After the earthquake stopped, confirm that your neighbours, friends and family are save. Help them, if necessary but do not get yourself into a dangerous situation. Call and wait for professional rescue teams.