Lahore: A powerful earthquake of 7.7 magnitude struck Pakistan and Afghanistan on Monday, killing at least 172 people and injuring another 900, officials said.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located on the Afghan side of the Koh Hindukuah. Tremors have been felt in major cities, including Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Kohat and Malakand. Tremors were also felt from Kabul to New Delhi. News of destruction are coming from all parts of the country.
Shockwaves were felt in northern India and in Pakistan, where hundreds of people ran out of buildings as the ground rolled beneath them.
All the hospitals were put on high alert. KPK CM Khatak claims that there is no shortage of medicines and we are fully equipped to deal with situation like this.
Death toll at Quetta touched 35, Swat 7, Bajaur Agency 20, Lower Deer 9 including 5 children. Thousands of houses have been destroyed.
The quake was 213 km deep and centred 254 km northeast of Kabul in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province. Magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck northeastern Afghanistan, the United States Geological Survey said. The Pakistan Meteorological Department said the magnitude of the earthquake was 8.1.
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.