26 killed, 300 hurt in PoK after 5.8 quake
Muzaffarabad/Islamabad: An earthquake shook Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Tuesday, destroying buildings, cracking roads, killing 26 people and injuring nearly 300 more, government and police officials said. Photos and video carried by local media showed dozens of collapsed buildings and homes, uprooted trees and cracks in roads large enough to swallow cars in Mirpur, a town in POK.
Muhammad Safdar, 60, who lives near Mirpur, said he was in his house when it suddenly started shaking. “We saw walls and the roof developing cracks and ceiling fans and other articles falling down, and we rushed out into an open field,” he said. . “I have never seen such a devastating earthquake in this area in my life.”
The magnitude 5.8 quake struck 14 miles (23 km) north of Jhelum, roughly 120 km southeast of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km, the US Geological Survey reported.
According to the home department, 26 people were killed and over 300 injured in Mirpur and surrounding areas due to the powerful quake. The chief of Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority said at a briefing in the capital Islamabad that he could confirm 10 deaths.
A 5.8 magnitude quake struck 23 km north of Jhelum, roughly 120km southeast of Islamabad, at a relatively shallow depth of 10km