Afghanistan Centred Earthquake Kills 132 in Pakistan

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck major cities of Pakistan, including the northern areas on Monday, leaving at least 132 dead and scores injured due to building collapses, landslides and stampedes.

The earthquake struck the country at 2:09 pm today (Monday).

The death toll could climb in coming days because communications are down in much of the remote mountainous region.

Forty minutes after the first earthquake, an aftershock of 4.8 magnitude was reported in the same area. Aftershocks are expected to continue in the affected areas.

The magnitude of today’s earthquake is close to the previous earthquake of 2005, but the destruction was more widespread then due to the shallow epicentre of the quake, according to analyst Faheem Zaman.

The earthquake in 2005 was at a depth of 26 km, while today’s earthquake was at a depth of 196 km. (Dawn News)

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