Search and rescue underway after powerful Pakistan earthquake

epa07866159 A view of damaged road caused after an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude with epicenter in Mirpur, Pakistani administered Kashmir, 24 September 2019. According to initial reports at least 6 persons were killed and dozens injured in the incident. EPA-EFE/STR BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE

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Pakistan’s military said “aviation and medical support” teams had been dispatched to the area hit by Tuesday’s powerful earthquake.

Tremors were felt as far away as the capitals of Pakistan and India, Islamabad and Delhi respectively.

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Pakistan, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 300 but the full extent of the damage is not yet known.

The quake’s epicentre was close to the city of Mirpur, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers with its epicenter lying 1km southeast of Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.


Via Al Jazeera/The Nation

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