Strong 6.2-mag­ni­tude earth­quake rocks Afghanistan, Pak­istan

The Miracle - - Pakistan -

A mag­ni­tude 6.2 earth­quake rocked Afghanistan and var­i­ous parts of Pak­istan on Wed­nes­day, send­ing peo­ple rac­ing out of build­ings in the two cap­i­tals and in­jur­ing at least 13 peo­ple and dam­ag­ing dozens of homes in both coun­tries. The quake struck at 1041 GMT near Afghanistan’s bor­der with Ta­jik­istan in the Hindu Kush moun­tains at a depth of 111 kilo­me­tres, the US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said. Omer Mo­ham­madi, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s dis­as­ter man­age­ment authority, said two small chil­dren were in­jured when their home col­lapsed and one of them was listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. Ab­dul Razak Zinda, a se­nior of­fi­cial at a dis­as­ter man­age­ment agency, said 45 houses were dam­aged in three dis­tricts in the north­east­ern Takhar prov­ince of Afghanistan. He said three peo­ple were in­jured. In Is­lam­abad and Kabul, peo­ple fled their of­fices and homes and re­cited verses from the Holy Qu­ran in the streets. AFP cor­re­spon­dents in the cap­i­tal Kabul felt the ground move for at least a minute in the sec­ond quake that came a few hours af­ter the first. In Pe­shawar, peo­ple rushed into the streets fol­low­ing the tremor, fear­ing af­ter­shocks, wit­nesses told AFP. Ear­lier on Wed­nes­day, a mag­ni­tude 5.1 earth­quake rat­tled parts of western Pak­istan, near the bor­der with Afghanistan. That quake caused a stam­pede at a school in Bannu, in­jur­ing at least 10 stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to Mohammad As­lam, a lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cial. Taimoor Khan, a se­nior of­fi­cial at the pro­vin­cial dis­as­ter man­age- ment authority in Pe­shawar, said the quake did not cause dam­ages to build­ings, but they were still wait­ing for the fi­nal re­port from re­mote ar­eas near Afghanistan. Afghanistan is fre­quently hit by earthquakes, es­pe­cially in the Hindu Kush near the junc­tion of the Eurasian and In­dian tec­tonic plates. Aid agen­cies have stressed the need for greater dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness in the wartorn coun­try, which re­mains ex­tremely sus­cep­ti­ble to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters such as floods, quakes and land­slides. A dev­as­tat­ing 7.5-mag­ni­tude quake that struck Badakhshan in Oc­to­ber 2015 trig­gered land­slides and flat­tened build­ings, killing more than 380 peo­ple across the re­gion in­clud­ing 248 in Pak­istan. Ear­lier Wed­nes­day, a mag­ni­tude 5.1 earth­quake rat­tled parts of eastern Pak­istan, near the bor­der with Afghanistan. That quake caused a stam­pede at a school in the north­west­ern city of Bannu, in­jur­ing at least 10 stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to Mohammad As­lam, a lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cial.

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