Pakistan

kashmir damage

I am studying the tectonics of the Hindu Kush region of northwest Pakistan. This mountain range and the associated seismic zone is the least understood on Earth. New GPS geodesy observations collected in 2010 have the potential to demonstrate whether the range is still growing or not, and maybe even which faults in the region are active.

I am also studying the Kashmir earthquake of 2005. This event killed 85,000 people and displaced several million, even though its magnitude was relatively small. The people of Kashmir were unprepared for an earthquake, even though the area was known to be risky by the scientific community. After using GPS to assess what happened during the earthquake, I am now using related techniques to study the longer term response of the region, especially postseismic relaxation of viscous parts of the lithosphere.

Publications

R. Bendick, R. Bilham, S.F. Khan, and A. Khan (2007) Slip on an active wedge thrust from geodetic observations of the 8 October 2005 Kashmir earthquake, Geology, v. 35, p. 267-270, doi: 10.1130/G23158A.1.

R. Bendick, J. Bendick, and S.F. Khan (2007) Earthquake! Seismic hazard and engineering outreach material published in Urdu and English. 20,000 copies distributed throughout Pakistan..

Bendick, R, Bilham, R, Feldl, N, Khan, S F, Khan, M A. (2006) Geodetic constraints and tectonic implications of the Mw = 7.6, 8 October 2005, Kashmir earthquake. Seismological Research Letters, v.77, pp.207.