6.5 magnitude earthquake jolts Pakistan, Afghanistan | Pakistan Today

6.5 magnitude earthquake jolts Pakistan, Afghanistan

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake was felt in parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan late Friday night.

The epicenter of the earthquake was reported to be in the Afghanistan-Tajikistan Border region at a depth of 192 km.

This came two months after more than 300 people were killed by a quake in the same mountainous region.

Strong shocks were felt in the Afghan capital Kabul at 11:14pm local time (1914 GMT) and in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, waking sleeping people and driving them out of their houses.

Tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi, officials said. The quake was also felt in the Kashmir region.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake, initially reported as magnitude 6.4, was at a depth of 126.5 miles (203 km) and centred 51 miles (82 km) southeast of the town of Feyzabad, capital of the Afghan province of Badakhshan.

In Pakistan, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government issued a red alert soon after the earthquake.

More than 30 people were injured as houses or walls collapsed in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar, said emergency rescue service spokesman Bilal Ahmed Faizi.

A total of 41 people were taken to hospitals in the city, according to doctors and rescue officials.

Hamid Nawaz, the head of Pakistan’s disaster management authority, said they were still assessing damage. He confirmed that some old homes and walls collapsed in Peshawar, but he refused to share further details.

In Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, some residents remained outside their homes despite the chilly winter weather, fearful of aftershocks.

A magnitude 6.2 quake is considered strong and can cause severe damage.

With harsh winter weather setting in, any widespread destruction of buildings and houses would create severe hardship.

A magnitude-7.5 quake hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on Oct. 26, destroying thousands of houses and killing more than 300 people.



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4 Comments

  1. Khalid said:

    May Allah (SWT) protect everyone who falls within earthquake region

  2. Maulik Thakkar said:

    Pakistan must suffer for its sins committed . The terrorists sponsored by Pakistan have killed innocent people in Afghanistan, Chechnya, China
    Bangladesh and India.
    There is a proverb in English "As you sow so shall you reap"
    In Hindi the proverb is "Jaisi Karni Wasisi Bharni"
    In Urdu there is a proverb "Bure Kaam ka Bura Natija"
    this is meant to be understood by ISI
    Pakistan Army has killed and raped Bengalis, Baloch, Shia, Ahmaddiyas,Kashmiri Pandits, Hindus, Sikhs, Sindhis, Mohajirs.
    All the sins have accumulated are collected to punish the intolerance in Pakistan.

    There is a major earthquake going to take place in 2016 in Pakistan between February 2016 to September 2016.
    It will be extremely devastating to the magnitude of 9.7 on the richter scale so it is important that Pakistan learns a lesson
    else its destruction is very near in the next few months

  3. Leokhan said:

    Astagfar kare , Allah SWT se ma'fi mange, Allah SWT naraz hae, Allah SWT ko razi kare achhe akhlaq se…..

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