Earthquake in Pakistan 26 October 2015 8.1 Magnitude

Earthquake in Pakistan 26 October 2015 8.1 Magnitude 

A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.7 on the Richter scale jolted Pakistan, Afghanistan and India on Monday.

The earthquake struck in northeastern Afghanistan, the US Geological Survey said, sending tremors that were felt in India and Pakistan, Reuters reported. Tremors were felt in Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan, Chitral, Mardan and nearby areas. The epicentre of the earthquake was 265km NE of Kabul.

7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Pakistan 26 October
7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Pakistan 26 October

According to sources tremors were felt for over one minute. The quake spread panic among people and they rushed out of their homes, however; no loss of life or property has been reported so far.

9 People died in peshawar qisa khani bazar where a building crashed due to jolts.Army chief general raheel shareef ordered troops to start rescue operation immediately.Casualties may increase.

The quake was 196 km deep and centred 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. source

ISLAMABAD: At least 328 people, children and women among them, were killed and over 1000 injured after a powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake jolted the country Monday, Samaa reported.

According to Samaa report, so far 43 have died in Shangla, 37 in Chitral, 28 in Swat, 25 in Bajaur, 24 in Lower Dir, 22 in Upper Dir, 22 in Lakki Marwat, 19 in Tor gar, two in Nowshehra, one in Mansehra, two in Malakand, two in Swabi, three in Mardan, one in Hangu, three in Charsadda, three in Peshawar and eight are confirmed dead in Buner district.

The Prime Minister Crisis Cell has confirmed death of 229 people.

The toll was expected to rise as search teams reach remote areas that were cut off by the powerful 8.1 magnitude quake, which triggered landslides and stampedes as it toppled buildings and severed communication lines.

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Many people sustained injuries in different quake-related incidents in Peshawar, Charsadda, Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Multan, Kasur, Gujranwala and Hunza.

Over one hundred injured people have so far been brought to Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar, medics said.

A building in Peshawar caved in following the quake, trapping people inside the rubble. Reports of houses collapse were also received from different parts of the country.

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A wall of Ambala Muslim School in Sargodha also collapsed as a result of the earthquake.

The quake also shook buildings in other parts of the country prompting frightened people running into streets reciting Kalma-e-Tayyaba.

Mobile phone services in some parts of the country are also affected.

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The earthquake took place at 2:09 PM that was felt in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Sialkot, Quetta, Peshawar, Swabi Kohat, Abbottabad, Swat, Malakand and other cities and towns of the country, Pakistan Meteorological Department said.

The quake was 196 km (120 miles) deep and centred 82 km (51 miles) southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range. –Samaa/Reuters

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According to US Geological Survey, the powerful quake was also felt in India, UAE and Afghanistan.

According to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), countywide aftershocks are likely in next 24 hours.

Reuters adds

The death toll could climb in coming days because communications were down in much of the rugged Hindu Kush mountain range area where the quake was centred. Reports of deaths had poured in from different areas of both countries by nightfall.

In one of the worst incidents, at least 12 girls were killed in a stampede to get out of their school in the northeastern Afghan province of Takhar.

“They fell under the feet of other students,” said Abdul Razaq Zinda, provincial head of the Afghan National Disaster Management Agency, who reported heavy damage in Takhar.

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Shockwaves were felt in northern India and in Pakistan, where hundreds of people ran out of buildings as the ground rolled beneath them.

“We were very scared … We saw people leaving buildings, and we were remembering our God,” Pakistani journalist Zubair Khan said by telephone from the Swat Valley northwest of the capital, Islamabad. “I was in my car, and when I stopped my car, the car itself was shaking as if someone was pushing it back and forth.”

The quake was 213 km (132 miles) deep and centred 254 km (158 miles) northeast of Kabul in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan

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The U.S. Geological Survey initially measured the quake’s intensity at 7.7 then revised it down to 7.5. Just over a decade ago, a 7.6 magnitude quake in another part of northern Pakistan killed about 75,000 people.

In Afghanistan, a total of 24 were reported dead on Monday including the 12 schoolgirls, seven people in the eastern province of Nangarhar, two in Nuristan province in the northeast and three in eastern Kunar province, officials said.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa hard-hit by the quake

Particularly hard-hit in Pakistan was the northern province of Chitral, where 15 people were killed, police official Shah Jehan said, adding that the death toll was likely to rise because so many areas were cut off from communications.

Journalist Gul Hammad Farooqi, 47, said his house had collapsed. “I was thrown from one side of the road to the other by the strength of the earthquake. I’ve never experienced anything like it,” Farooqi said.

“There is a great deal of destruction here, and my house has collapsed, but thankfully my children and I escaped.”

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Further south, the city of Peshawar had one death but at least 150 injured people were being treated at the city’s main hospital, the provincial health chief said.

In Afghanistan, international aid agencies working in northern areas reported that cell phone coverage in the affected areas remained down in the hours after the initial quake.

The problem is we just don’t know. A lot of the phone lines are still down,” said Scott Anderson, deputy head of office for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Kabul.

Badakhshan provincial governor Shah Waliullah Adib said about 400 houses were destroyed but he had no figures on casualties.

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“Right now we are collecting information,” he said

The earthquake struck almost exactly six months after Nepal suffered its worst quake on record, on April 25. Including the toll from a major aftershock in May, 9,000 people lost their lives and 900,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.

The mountainous region is seismically active, with earthquakes the result of the Indian subcontinent driving into and under the Eurasian landmass. Sudden tectonic shifts can cause enormous and destructive releases of energy. – Samaa/Reuters

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A major earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, sending shock waves across southern Asia where the number of dead and injured was on the rise.

The quake’s epicenter was 213 kilometers (130 miles) deep and 73 km (45 miles) southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) initially measured the quake’s intensity at 7.7 then revised it down to 7.6, and later to 7.5.

At least 200 people died in Pakistan and roughly 1,000 more were reported injured, NBC News reported, citing officials. In Afghanistan, 73 people were reported dead, with more than 300 injured.

At least 12 students at a girls’ school died in a stampede as they tried to escape shaking buildings in Afghanistan’s Takhar province, according to the AP. Another 42 girls were taken to the hospital in the provincial capital of Taluqan.

Buildings shook violently in Kabul and tremors were felt across northwestern Pakistan and its central Punjab province. Structures shook for well over a minute in the Indian capital, New Delhi, sending office workers scurrying onto the streets.

A Facebook update by the Pakistan Red Crescent, a charity organization, said disaster response teams had been deployed to the most severely affected regions, while rescue teams were bringing injured citizens to hospitals in the Peshawar province.

A spokesperson for the group’s umbrella organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), told CNBC most of the heavy damage took place in the northeast. Locals were hampered with landslides and roadblocks caused by debris, said Gorkhmaz Huseynov, head of delegation for IFRC Pakistan. CNBC Report



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