Casualties feared as earthquake jolts various parts of Pakistan

Earthquake tremors were felt in various parts of the country Wednesday morning.

According to initial reports, tremors were felt in Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta. Tremors were also felt in Khyber Agency and Bajaur Agency.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) the earthquake’s epicenter was the Hindu Kush region, measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale. In Pakistan, the quake measured 4.9.

According to Reuters, the earthquake struck 167 miles northeast of Kabul in the Hindu Kush mountains, at a deep 180 km, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said.

In Quetta, many buildings were reported to have cracks in their foundations. A minor girl, aged 1.5 months, died when the wall of a house fell in Balochistan’s Lasbela district. Sameena, daughter of Ali Akbar, was killed, while multiple others were injured.

5.1-magnitude earthquake jolts parts of K-P, FATA

In Nok Kundi, Balochistan the wall of a school fell which may have left school children injured.

Two school children have reportedly been injured in Landi Arbab in Peshawar after the tremors caused panic.

Primary school in Peshawar. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Due to the intense earthquakes felt in the region of Bela in Balochistan, emergency has been declared in Civil Hospital.

In Lahore, panic gripped different parts of city as people rushed outside the buildings.

Parliament sessions in Islamabad have been postponed due to the tremors. The Supreme Court has also halted its hearing.


Political reactions:

Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo expressed grief over earthquake casualties in Lasbela and surrounding areas. He has directed rescue teams, forces to reach affected areas and start rescue operation Bizenjo also asked Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to ensure supply of food, amenities to the victims of earthquake.

Tremors felt throughout region:

Tremors were felt throughout the region including India and Afghanistan.

Earthquake jolts Swat, adjacent areas

Earthquake tremor in Delhi NCR #earthquake

— Kumar Kunal (@KumarKunalmedia) January 31, 2018

This M5.9 earthquake was felt in Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan, Central Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eastern Uzbekistan, Punjab-Chandigarh-Haryana, India, Central Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eastern Uzbekistan via EMSC

— Iftikhar Firdous (@IftikharFirdous) January 31, 2018

Destruction scenes of today’s #earthquake in Belah #Balochistan.

— Baloch بلوچ (@Baloch__Khan) January 31, 2018



This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly

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