Karachi: The Pakistan Meteorological Department apologized on Monday for releasing erroneous data on the earthquake near the port city, saying its intensity was 4.5 on the Richter scale instead of the previously reported 3.6.
PMD cited a data entry error, claiming that the error occurred when Islamabad input information about the Karachi earthquake, and the error was eventually passed to Karachi.
It clarified that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers, 60 kilometers from Kadani. Initially, the intensity was incorrectly reported as having a magnitude of 3.6 on the Richter scale, and it was incorrectly stated that it occurred 100 kilometers southeast of Karachi.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the exact location of the earthquake’s epicenter was 25.129°N 66.595°E east longitude 13 kilometers west of Kadani. However, USGS insists on its data.
It added that the magnitude of the body wave was 4.5 Mb, which indicated that the earthquake occurred in 50 stages.
PMD had earlier reported that the Karachi earthquake was felt at 6:17 am and the epicenter of the earthquake was 10 kilometers underground.