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Islamabad Buildings Evacuated After A Powerful 6.8 Earthquake Killed Nine KP People.
Authorities reported that a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck areas of Pakistan on Tuesday killed twelve people, including two women, injured over 160 people, and brought down numerous buildings.
- Many people suffered injuries and passed away.
- Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta, and other places all experienced tremors.
- 3.7 magnitude aftershocks follow a moderate earthquake.
Earthquakes in Afghanistan and Pakistan claimed at least 12 lives.
According to the KP PDMA report, at least 44 persons were hurt due to various mishaps after the earthquake. But, according to Geo News, there are over 160 injuries.
According to the study, at least 19 homes in the province have suffered partial damage.
Abdul Basit, the secretary of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Relief, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement Department. And Sharif Hussain, the director general of PDMA, went to the Emergency Operation Center.
The relief secretary reported that Rescue 1122 gave the injured people prompt medical attention and transported them to local hospitals.
The secretary instructed the district administration, Rescue, and Civil Defence to maintain vigilance for the relief and rescue effort.
The secretary added that all district administrations and relevant institutions regularly contact the PDMA.
He explained that the situation was constantly watched and advised the public to call helplines 1700 or 1122 to report suspicious activity.
Buildings in Islamabad evacuated.
Police in Islamabad indicate no fatalities associated with the capital’s earthquake.
Khudad Heights was evacuated after wall fractures were discovered, according to the police.
Who also noted that law enforcement officers from the local government and law enforcement agencies are on the scene.
“The district administration has ordered a building inspection.”
Following the tremors, residents of other high-rise residential buildings in the federal capital evacuated.
Tremors from the earthquake were felt nationwide, including in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Peshawar, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, and other cities.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Service, the earthquake’s epicenter was in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush region. Its depth was 180 kilometers (PMD).
Peshawar, Swabi, Lodhran, DG Khan, Bahawalpur, Skardu, Kohat, Toba Tek Singh, Parachinar, Nowshera, and Khanewal were all affected by the earthquake.
In the meantime, representatives from the relevant authorities are traveling to the affected areas to survey the damaged structures and assist the locals.
Federal Minister for Health Abdul Qadir Patel issued an emergency notice at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). And Federal Government Polyclinic due to the severe tremors experienced in various regions of the nation.
He advised the hospital administration to take proactive steps to handle any emergency.
The moderate earthquake produced a series of aftershocks with a depth of 156 kilometers and a magnitude of 3.7.
The earthquake, however, did not only impact Pakistan; it also felt strongly in portions of Afghanistan and even further east in India.
Thank God, and no fatalities have been reported as of yet. We pray for the safety of all country residents, The spokesperson for the Afghan government, Zabihullah Mujahid, tweeted.
A tectonic plate known as the Indian plate is pushing against the Eurasian plate from the north, causing seismic activity across significant portions of South Asia.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif commanded the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and other institutions to prepare to handle any emergency as he prayed for the wellbeing of the populace.
Many deaths and injuries from earthquake-related incidents
In earthquake-related occurrences nationwide, several people were hurt or lost their lives.
The country was shaken by a mild earthquake that claimed a woman’s life in Lower Dir when a wall of her home collapsed.
The crime happened in the Lower Dir neighborhood of Dheri, according to the police.
According to hospital officials, a woman passed away when the wall of her home collapsed on her due to the tremors.
A 13-year-old girl was reportedly murdered in Swat when the wall of her home fell. They said that one additional person perished in the roof fall of the residence, which also injured two other individuals.
The police added that 50 injured people had been taken to Swat’s Saidu Sharif hospital.
Seven individuals take to the district hospital in Lower Dir’s Timergara neighborhood, according to the police.
The officer noted that a stampede caused most of the injuries during the earthquake.
A house in Jamrud had its roof collapse during the tremors.
Cracks appeared in several high-rise apartment complexes and commercial structures in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, frightening the locals.
According to the initial assessment from the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa suffered two fatalities and six injuries.
Meanwhile, eight homes suffered just minor damage. An emergency was declared in the hospitals by the provincial health department.
Islamabad resident Sarah Hasan told Al Jazeera that while the earthquake shook Islamabad, the walls of her home vibrated.
It began gradually before growing more robust, according to the 43-year-old.
Everything was trembling, and the house was vibrating. Everything began to slow down, and it appeared calm again.
According to an AFP reporter in Rawalpindi, the Quran recite as people fled their homes.
A retired professor in the city named Ikhlaq Kazmi told AFP that his entire house began to tremble.
He started The kids started yelling; there’s an earthquake We all left quickly.
Last year, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake occurred in Pakistan.
It is important to note that in June of last year, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 devastated Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In addition to over 600 other injuries, the earthquake in Afghanistan claimed over 1,000 lives.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGC), the earthquake occurred around 44 kilometers (27 miles) from Khost, near the Pakistani border.
According to the EMSC, 119 million people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India experienced shaking.
Islamabad, Multan, Bhakkar, Phalia, Peshawar, Malakand, Swat, Mianwali, Pakpattan, and Buner were among the Pakistani cities where earthquakes report.
Its epicenter is located southwest of Khost in Afghanistan, and its depth measures 44 kilometers.
Pakistan Earthquake Expected’?
On Wednesday, the director of Pakistan’s National Seismic Monitoring Center (NSMC), Zahid Rafi, refuted social media rumors that an earthquake was about to strike the country.
The director explained to Geo News that earthquakes are a natural occurrence and that no one can predict when they will occur.
He continued by saying that little tremors were nothing new for the nation. “Pakistan experiences and will continue to experience mild earthquakes.”
He stated there was no similarity between the fault lines in Turkey and Pakistan to ease people’s anxieties.
The director emphasized that there was no “scientific basis” for the social media rumors that an earthquake comparable to those that recently shook. Turkey and Syria were going to Pakistan within the next few days, and he categorically denied them.
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria on Monday, followed by an almost-identical earthquake hours later that destroyed hundreds of structures, including hospitals, schools, and residential buildings.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) released a thorough statement claiming Pakistan was in a panic due to the severe earthquakes in Turkey.
But, according to the statement, the PMD was operating its seismic monitoring network consisting of 30 remote monitoring stations and documenting daily earthquakes within and nearby areas.
Again, “earthquakes are a perfectly natural phenomenon,” and these quakes are of small to medium magnitude.
It should be mentioned that social media has been rife with forecasts of a massive earthquake since yesterday.
Twitter users have been discussing a Netherlands researcher’s estimates of a possible earthquake in Pakistan and India.