On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan. The quake struck in the middle of the night, bringing down dozens of houses as residents slept inside. At least 20 people were killed and hundreds more were injured. The area also has a large number of coal mines, which are vulnerable to collapse. The U.S. Geological Survey said that the earthquake had struck at a shallow depth of 9 km, making it potentially more damaging.

When crises like this occur, Maxar is committed to supporting the humanitarian community by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts and fulfilling our purpose, For A Better World. As part of our Open Data Program, Maxar will publicly release data of the affected areas to support response efforts as it becomes available.

Any imagery or data distributed through the Open Data Program is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 license (CC BY-NC 4.0). This licensing allows for noncommercial use of the information, meaning it can quickly be integrated into first responder workflows with organizations like Team Rubicon, the Red Cross and other nonprofits. If commercial companies are interested in using the data distributed through the Open Data Program, it can be purchased by contacting us here.

Imagery has been posted on our Open Data Program website. Please continue to check this site and our social media channels for updates on additional post-event data.

Post-event satellite image of Harnai, Pakistan from October 11, 2021.

Prev Post Back to Blog Next Post