Feb 09, 2007
Islamabad- Locals fled their homes in panic in a number of towns in central Pakistan early Friday after mosques warned of an impending earthquake, media reported. People in several towns around the Punjab province capital Lahore sent warnings by telephone to friends and relatives during the night and causing further alarm, the Geo news website said. In was not clear who ordered the announcements that tremors would strike at 3 a.m. Scientists worldwide are working on early-warning systems but there is still no means of predicting exactly when earthquakes will strike. Pakistan is still recovering from the effects of an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale that killed more than 73,000 people in the north of the country on October 8, 2005.
RUSSIA - A new earthquake, of 5.7 on the Richter scale, was registered near the Kurile Island of Simushir. The epicenter was 33 kilometers under the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and 515 kilometers from the city of Severo-Kurilsk on the Island of Pumashir and 415 kilometers from the city of Kurilsk on Iturup Island. Since the major earthquake of 7.9 was registered close to Simushir on November 15, 2006, a total of 538 aftershocks have been reported in the area. The tremors twice triggered tsunami – on November 13, 2006 and January 13, 2007 – however they were not catastrophic and caused no casualties or damage.