Monday, October 26, 2015

Powerful earthquake jolts Pakistan and Afghanistan

People removing fallen bricks from the wall of the house  on the car parked outside - PHOTO: EXPRESS / MUHAMMAD IQBAL

A powerful earthquake jolted Pakistan and Afghanistan around 2:09 PM Pakistan Standard Time today, 26 October 2015. The quake measured 8.1 on the Richter scale and had its epicentre 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range and 196 km deep. Due to its depth that a major 2005 like disaster was averted. 

Scroll down for video of the earthquake

Wall of massive Bala Hisar Fort in Peshawar collapsed due to quake - Photo: AFP

The USGS initially measured the quake’s intensity at 7.7 then revised it down to 7.6 and later to 7.5. Pakistan Met Dept has reported the earthquake as 8.1 on the Richter scale. The epicentre is just a few hundred kilometres from the site of a 7.6 magnitude quake that struck in October 2005, killing more than 75,000 people and displacing some 3.5 million more, although that quake was much shallower.

There have been reports of 140 death in Pakistan so far, Express News reports. Pakistan Army has mobilised its troops for speedy evacuation of people from affected areas and provide them shelter and first aid.

In the aftermath of a powerful earthquake that struck Pakistan and Afghanistan, Google has launched a person finder allowing individuals to post and search for their families, while Facebook activated its safety check feature designed to check if people in the earthquake-affected areas were safe.

Watch video by an amature photographer of the scene of earthquake, shared by Mubashir Balti on Facebook:

Posted by Mubashir Balti on Monday, October 26, 2015

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