Earthquake hits Pakistan; Seven injured

PESHAWAR: Seven people were injured in a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Sunday. However, no loss of life was reported till filing this news. The injured were rushed to Lady Reading Hospital for treatment.

The earthquake occurred at 3.58 pm. The tremors were felt in Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Swat, Chitral, Mardan, Kohat, Hangu, Shangla, Azad Jammu, and Kabul. Its epicentre was 39 km from Ashkasham in Afghanistan. The quake created panic across the region. The jolts were felt in New Delhi and Kashmir as well.

National Disaster Management Authority has issued a warning after the jolts. According to United States Geological Survey, the magnitude of the quake was well. National Disaster Management Authority has issued a warning after the jolts.

Director of Pakistan Metrological Department’s Earthquake Centre Zahid Rafih said aftershocks are expected after the quake.

“This is new location and it is expected that land energy would be released in the form of aftershocks”, he said. He informed that more than 100 earthquakes were recorded after the highest reported earthquake in October last with two major aftershock jolts in December last year.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed all federal, civil, military and provincial rescue and relief agencies to mobilise all resources to ensure safety of citizens in the wake of earthquake this afternoon. He directed all the agencies to move out with their resources to find out the affected people and ensure immediate rescue activities and assistance wherever required. The Prime Minister further directed the relevant quarters to keep him updated on the developing situation.