A post earthquake damage assessment using GIS in district Mirpur, Pakistan

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Warda Habib
Shakeel Mahmood
Noor ul Huda Huda
Siddra Noor
Arslan Saleem
Muhammad Siraj
Haseeb Ahmad


A moderate earthquake of magnitude Mw 5.6 struck the Kashmir region of Pakistan on September 24th, 2019, causing severe damage to buildings and infrastructure. The study aims to assess the extent of damage in Mirpur district, Azad Kashmir. In this research, the map of the affected area and damages is developed using Geographic Information System (GIS). Results indicated that damage to roads and houses is severe in the proximity of Mangla Dam. It was found from the analysis that shallow earthquakes with high magnitude can have disastrous consequences. It also poses the risk of Dam Lake Outburst Flooding (DLOF) which can cause disaster in the downstream regions. So, there is the utmost need to work on the mapping and hotspot analysis of the places susceptible to earthquakes. The result and findings of such a study can assist disaster management authorities and donor agencies reduce the risk of potential damage and suffering by preparing earthquake risk reduction plans and investments in disaster preparedness and prevention.

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Habib, W., Mahmood, S., Huda, N. ul H., Noor, S. ., Saleem, A., Siraj, M. ., & Ahmad , H. . (2023). A post earthquake damage assessment using GIS in district Mirpur, Pakistan. Advanced GIS, 3(2), 53–58. Retrieved from https://publish.mersin.edu.tr/index.php/agis/article/view/926


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