Timeline: South Asia Quake

The following is a day-by-day look at the major developments in the South Asia earthquake that decimated parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.


—8:50 a.m.: Massive 7.6-magnitude earthquake hits the divided Kashmir region on the border of Pakistan and India.

—9 a.m.: Pakistan Red Crescent ambulances join local relief efforts in Islamabad.

—Noon: Two local Pakistan Red Crescent groups deploy to Pakistan's North West Frontier province and another one to Kashmir to assess the damage but are delayed because roads have been destroyed.

—2 p.m.: The World Food Program holds an emergency meeting in Pakistan but cannot dispatch teams because of the roads.

—5 p.m.: The European Union offers to send emergency humanitarian aid. The Turkish Red Crescent prepares to send military planes loaded with supplies.

—7 p.m.: U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan announces that the United Nations has offered help to the governments of Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

—10 p.m.: President Bush offers condolences. The United States contributes an initial $100,000 in aid and dispatches 250 rolls of plastic sheeting, 5,000 blankets and 5,000 water containers.

—Just before midnight: First eight members of U.N. Disaster Assessment and Coordination team leave Switzerland for Islamabad.


—9 a.m: World Food Program helicopter leaves Islamabad for North West Frontier Province with assessment team.

—Morning-afternoon: Rescue crews arrive from Russia, Britain, the United Arab Emirates and China with rescue dogs, earth moving equipment, medicine, food and other relief goods.

—7 p.m.: The United States commits another $1 million.

—10:30 p.m.: UNICEF appeals for $20 million to help survivors.


—6 a.m.: U.S. relief supplies begin arriving outside Islamabad.

—2 p.m.: U.S. ambassador to Pakistan Ryan Crocker says the White House has authorized $50 million in earthquake aid for Pakistan.

—2 p.m.: U.N. refugee agency joins a larger convoy sending tents, foam mattresses, batteries and other relief supplies from its main warehouse in Peshawar to the Mansehra region — where 45,000 Afghan refugees in four camps have lived for several years.

—3 p.m.: First U.S. helicopters that will help in relief efforts land near Pakistani capital.

—9 p.m.: Pakistan agrees to accept relief aid for quake victims from rival India.

—9:30 p.m.: The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs announces that 12 nations, including China and Russia, have sent rescue teams.

— Evening: The U.N. airlift of supplies begins to arrive.

— Midnight: Canada commits $17 million in addition to an earlier $255,000.


—7 a.m.: Japan pledges $20 million.

—8 a.m.: U.N. refugee agency sends a doctor and a field assistant from Peshawar to Mensehra and Haripur to investigate reports that some of the 45,000 Afghan refugees may have been killed or injured by the quake. They are not expected to arrive until Wednesday morning.

—10 a.m.: Australia boosts financial aid to $7.6 million.

—11:15 a.m.: Regional capital Muzaffarabad gets first major influx of aid, when about 10 trucks from Pakistani charities arrive. Scuffles break out.

—9:30 p.m.: A Boeing 747 chartered by the World Food Program lands in Islamabad and begins unloading enough high-energy cookies to feed 250,000 people for five days. The United Nations launches a $272 million flash appeal.