Sunday, October 09, 2005

Quake result of sub-continent moving northward: USGS

Islamabad Oct. 9 (PTI): The devastating earthquake which struck Pakistan and POK was a direct result of the Indian sub-continent's shift towards the north and its collision with the Eurasian continent, the US Geological survey today said.

"Earthquakes and active faults in northern Pakistan and adjacent parts of India and Afghanistan were the direct result of the Indian subcontinent moving northward at a rate of about 40 mm per year and colliding with the Eurasian continent," USGS said in its report on yesterday's quake which killed thousands of people in Pakistan.

This collision is causing upliftment that produces the highest mountain peaks in the world, including the Himalayan, Karakoram, Pamir and Hindu Kush Ranges.

As the Indian plate moves northward, it is being pushed beneath the Eurasian plate, the USGS said.

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