Massive earthquake of magnitude 8.1 jolts Pakistan, over 60 people killed

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Earthquake in Pakistan October 2015

Over 60 people perish as worst ever earthquake in the history hits Pakistan.

A massive earthquake struck Pakistan, as tremors were felt from one end of the country to the other, including the northern areas. 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. Thus far, reports have to that over 60 people have died while dozens were injured due to building collapses.

Sahibdad Khan Director MET Office Lahore stated that, “The epicentre is believed to be in Hindukush mountain range. The quake was 193 km underground. It is the most severe earthquake in the history of Pakistan. On October 8, 2005 quake to hit upcountry in Kashmir and KPK was of 7.6 magnitude. It caused huge devastation and about 100,000 lost their lives. May God have mercy this earthquake may also cause devastation.”

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Shortly after the earthquake struck, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif directed all military personals and machinery to start rescue operations in every effected area without looking for their official permission.

Major cities, including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Kohat and Malakand were jolted. Additionally, six people, including children, died in Swat, at the same time as four were killed in the Bajaur Agency as a result of collapsed buildings. Moreover, an eight-year-old child died in Kallar Kahar, while one person died in Kasur.

What’s more the metro bus track in Rawalpindi has suffered major damage and cracks. On the other hand, railway service between has been temporarily suspended in order to analyze the likely damage particularly in Peshawar division seeing that there are reports of various cracks on railway buildings.

Besides, in Sargodha, a government school’s wall collapsed and one person was killed along with 10 injured. No less than, 194 injured people were rushed to Saidu Sharif Teaching Hospital in Swat. In excess of 100 wounded person were admitted in Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital.