26 killed, 300 hurt in PoK af­ter 5.8 quake

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

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.

PTI

A 5.8 mag­ni­tude quake struck 23 km north of Jhelum, roughly 120km south­east of Is­lam­abad, at a rel­a­tively shal­low depth of 10km

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