19 killed, 100 injured as 5.8 magnitude quake rocks Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

19 killed, 100 injured as 5.8 magnitude quake rocks Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

19 killed, 100 injured as 5.8 magnitude quake rocks Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

According to the IMD, the quake measured 6.3 on the Richter Scale and hit the Pakistan-India Jammu and Kashmir Border region at 4:31 pm.

Geo News reported that the quake struck at the shallow depth of 10 kilometres with the epicentre lying 1km south-east of New Mirpur in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

A massive natural disaster jolted many cities in North India, including Delhi-NCR on Tuesday evening at around 4:40 pm.

With a recorded magnitude of 5.8, the quake jolted major cities including Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Rawalpindi as well as multiple towns in Azad Kashmir including Mirpur.

He said food and water has been arranged to be distributed in the remote areas, that are still disconnected from Mirpur city, due to destruction of roads.

The tremors shook walls in Islamabad and forced people to rush outside. Television images showed cars wedged in to some cracks, while a bus and a truck lay by the side of the road.

The hardest hit area was in the district of Mirpur, where thousands of homes and buildings were damaged, many reduced to piles of bricks and rubble.

Mohammad Arif, whose home was damaged in Mirpur, said when the quake hit, he started shouting to alert his family.

Witnesses Sajjad Jarral and Qazi Tahir, who spoke to AFP by telephone from Mirpur, said the quake had caused a building to collapse.

Pakistan's military deployed "aviation and medical support" teams along with troops to affected areas in Kashmir, according to its spokesman.

Mohammad Afzal, chairman of National Disaster Management Authority, said the country's main Mangla Dam located in the region was safe.

Authorities said helicopters will also be used if needed to evacuate people from the earthquake-affected area. But eastern Punjab province and other areas in northwest Pakistan felt the tremor.

Speaking exclusively to Dunya News, he said that the epicenter of the powerful quake was Jehlum and Mirpur which causes damage in the area.

In October 2015, a 7.5-magnitude quake in Pakistan and Afghanistan killed nearly 400 people in rugged terrain that impeded relief efforts.

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