9 dead, several injured as 6.8 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Pakistan
PM Shehbaz Sharif orders NDMA to be ready to deal with any emergency
At least nine people were killed and several injured as a 6.8 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Pakistan on Tuesday evening.
Initially, it was reported that a 7.7 magnitude earthquake has struck northern parts of the country leaving thousands across several cities coming out of the building reciting Shahada.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department said that a 6.8 magnitude earthquake was reported in the Hindu Kush region on Tuesday night at a depth of 180 kilometres.
According to AFP, witnesses said that the strong earthquake lasting for at least 30 seconds was felt across much of Pakistan on Tuesday night.
Dozens of homes are reported to be damaged, as cracks appeared in several buildings.
Earthquake tremors were felt in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Abbottabad, Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir, Chichawatni, Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, Mianwali, Khanewal, DI Khan, Pattoki, Rahim Yar Khan, Muridke, Hangu, Faisalabad, Hangu, Quetta, and other areas of the country.
The earthquake also jolted the mountainous region of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), causing landslides that created fear. However, no loss of life was immediately reported.
According to Rescue 1122, landslides damaged a cattle farm in Yasin Ghizer, resulting in the death of livestock.
Deaths were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including five men, two women and as many children, according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority KP.
At least 44 people were injured in various accidents that took place as a result of the earthquake, according to the KP PDMA report.
Meanwhile, at least 19 houses across the province have been partially damaged.
پی ڈی ایم اے اپڈیٹس— PDMAKP OFFICIAL (@PDMAKP) March 21, 2023
خیبر پختونخوا میں زلزلے سےحادثات کےنتجے 9 افراد جابحق ہوئے ۔
۔مختلف حادثات کےنتجےمیں 44 افراد زخمی ہوئے۔
اب تک کی اطلاعات کےمطابق صوبہ بھر میں 19 گھروں کو جزوی نقصان پہنچا۔
سیکریٹری ریلیف عبدالباسط اور ڈی جی پی ڈی ایم اے ایمرجنسی آپریشن سنٹر میں موجود pic.twitter.com/LdpORywkIw
On the other hand, high-rise residential buildings in the federal capital were also evacuated following the tremors.
ضلعی انتظامیہ سے درخواست کی گئی ہے کہ عمارت کا تکنیکی معائنہ کرکے قابل رہائش ہونے کی تصدیق کرے۔— Islamabad Police (@ICT_Police) March 21, 2023
He prayed for the well-being of the citizens.
وزیراعظم کی نیشنل ڈیزاسٹر مینجمنٹ اتھارٹی اور دیگر متعلقہ اداروں کو کسی بھی نا گہانی صورت حال سے نمٹنے کے لیے تیار رہنے کی ہدایت— President PMLN (@president_pmln) March 21, 2023
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake was centred near Jurm town in north-eastern Afghanis-tan in the Hindukush region and had a depth of 187 kilometres. The USGS put the magnitude at 6.5.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif ordered the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and other institutions to be ready to deal with any emergency.
Following Tuesday night’s earthquake, the Twitter timeline is flooded with messages from the affected areas.
Peshawar, Pakistan: A local Pashto TV channel Mahshriq TV anchor during the #earthquake, kept calm and continued with his anchoring. pic.twitter.com/rnwXvmMOdp— Megh Updates 🚨™ (@MeghUpdates) March 21, 2023
Massive earthquake in Lahore#earthquake pic.twitter.com/nBxIJPKlny— Pakistan Tourism 🇵🇰 (@PakistanJannatt) March 21, 2023
7.7 Richter scale earth quake rocks 🇵🇰. e 11 islamabad. Stay safe! pic.twitter.com/94rnZEAcuR— Salman Ahmad (@sufisal) March 21, 2023
Massive #Earthquake. Need help.— Bilal K. (@BKtweeets) March 21, 2023
I'm in PC Malam Jabba with my family right now. Structural slab joints are cracked. Leaving the place just now. Aftershocks expected.
Anyone nearby is requested to pls update if the roads are clear & if there is no landsliding. Tag DC Swat. pic.twitter.com/yzqoMQLstp
News comming from SWAT & Gilgit Baltistan are not good. Pray for the safety 💔🤲— Ahmad Hassan (@AhmadHasanPK) March 21, 2023