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At least 9 killed, nearly 70 wounded as massive earthquake hit Pakistan

At least 9 killed, nearly 70 wounded as massive earthquake hit Pakistan

By Mashal Khan 

 

ISLAMABAD - At least nine people were killed and nearly 70 others wounded in a massive earthquake of a 6.8 magnitude that hit central, northern, and northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday evening.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department,  an earthquake originated at 21:47 PST of a 6.8 Magnitude and its Depth was 180 km with its epicenter being Hindukush Region, Afghanistan.

The US Geological Survey said the quake also rocked Afghanistan and parts of India as well, including the capital New Delhi, adding that the quake epicenter was 40 kilometers south-southeast of the Afghan town of Jurm. The tremors were also felt in the Central Asian Republic.

In Pakistan, so far at least nine people killed including three in the Swat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two in the Sargodha district of Punjab province.

Sohail Khan, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Swat, said that 32 people so far shifted to the hospital in Swat with minor injuries.

Rescue 1122 officials also confirmed that five people were wounded in Dir, Peshawar, and Swabi.

The massive earthquake caused damages to buildings in capital Islamabad and upper parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

 

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