Islamabad: At the least two individuals had been killed and 6 injured as a 6.8 magnitude earthquake jolted components of Pakistan on Tuesday, native media reported. The epicentre of the earthquake was Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush area, whereas its depth was 180 kilometres, in response to the Pakistan Meteorological Division. In response to preliminary experiences, tremors had been felt in numerous cities, together with Islamabad, Peshawar, Charsadda, Lahore and Rawalpindi.
Residents rushed to the streets in panic
Robust tremors had been additionally felt in Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Kot Momin, Madh Ranjha, Chakwal, Kohat and Gilgit-Baltistan areas, native media reported. Tv footage confirmed panic-stricken residents out on the streets.
Saddened to listen to that the highly effective #earthquake rattled many cities of #Pakistan and another pleasant international locations .
Prayers and ideas with our brothers and sisters.
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— Ali Alizada (@Ali_F_Alizada) March 21, 2023
Two individuals died within the earthquake
An interim report from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Catastrophe Administration Authority stated that two individuals died and 6 individuals had been injured from incidents of roof, wall and home collapses whereas eight houses had been partially broken within the province, the Daybreak reported.
Nonetheless, Swat District Police Officer Shafiullah Gandapur instructed Daybreak that two individuals died within the district whereas 150 had been injured, including that they had been moved to Saidu Instructing Hospital for remedy.
Stampede in markets of Rawalpindi
On the time of the earthquake, a stampede was reported within the markets of Rawalpindi, The Specific Tribune newspaper reported.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has requested catastrophe administration officers to stay vigilant to deal with any scenario, in response to the state-run Related Press of Pakistan.
An emergency was declared within the hospitals of the federal capital on the directions of Federal Well being Minister Abdul Qadir Patel, The Specific Tribune reported.
Tremors felt in India, Afghanistan, China
In response to the worldwide seismological centre, other than Pakistan, tremors had been additionally felt in India, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China and Kyrgyzstan. Earthquakes are frequent in Pakistan.
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Islamabad in January this yr.
The deadliest quake hit the nation in 2005, which killed greater than 74,000 individuals.