5.8 magnitude earthquake hits Pakistan administered Kashmir, 20 killed and over 300 injured

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Pakistan, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 300.

The quake’s epicentre was close to the city of Mirpur, in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir about 140 kilometres from Srinagar at the depth of 10 kilometres.

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.

Pakistan’s military said “aviation and medical support” teams had been dispatched to the area.

After Tuesday’s earthquake, tremors were felt as far away as the capitals of Pakistan and India, Islamabad and Delhi respectively.

The road that collapsed due to the earthquake has fallen into the upper Jhelum river. Because of this, the water of the river has entered the surrounding residential areas.

The spillway from the Mangla Dam has been closed to cut down the flow of water in upper Jhelum river.

Pakistan’s meteorological department has warned people of aftershocks of similar intensity in the next 24 to 48 hours and has asked them to take necessary precautions.

So far there have been no reports of damage in any part of Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.


Source : Various