Pakistan earthquake: Houses collapse in 5.8 tremor

Gordon_R

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49814309
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Pakistan, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 300, local officials say.

The quake's epicentre was close to the city of Mirpur, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Photos circulating on social media show a huge crack on a main road in the area, and partially destroyed houses.

The full extent of the damage is not yet known. Thousands of people died in a powerful quake in the area in 2005.

"The quake was 10km (six miles) deep... The worst hit was Mirpur," Pakistan's chief meteorologist, Muhammad Riaz, told the AFP news agency.

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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019...tan-administered-kashmir-190924113451248.html
At least 20 people have been killed and more than 300 injured after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake rattled Pakistan-administered Kashmir and areas in Punjab province.

Tuesday's quake hit 22 kilometres (14 miles) north of the city of Jhelum along the boundary separating the agricultural heartland of Punjab province and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, the US geological agency, USGS, said.

"Right now we have confirmed the death of 20 people and about 300 people are injured. That number could increase because some people are still being brought to the hospitals," Mirpur police chief Gul Faraz told Al Jazeera.

Faraz said the damage was mainly limited to the area around the city of Mirpur, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, located about 85km southeast of the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

"Our main road that goes along the canal was badly damaged and a bridge was destroyed. People are being brought in on motorcycles from there," he said.

Local disaster management officials told Al Jazeera they were still gathering reports from the site of the earthquake, but had received word of damage to infrastructure.

"We have reports of cracks in the roads there," said disaster management official Ammar Raza Shaikh.

Tahir Mahmood, a senior police official in Rawalakot, about 80km (50 miles) from Mirpur, said "there is a lot of damage to infrastructure [in Mirpur]".

"Roads seem to have developed cracks and sunk down. Lots of vehicles were thrown around."

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Damn... But only 20 ppl dead is pretty damned good I would reckon given how unprepared most of the structures would be to survive earthquakes.
 
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