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7.5 Earthquake hits Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Pakistan’s Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar

7.5 Earthquake hits Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Pakistan’s Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar

7.5 Earthquake hits Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Pakistan’s Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar

Very powerful earthquake hit Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. The three nations were rattled by 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

Buildings swayed as the earthquake that lasted for around 40 seconds sent people scurrying for cover. Pakistan seems to be hardest hit with almost every city facing the brunt of the natural fury.

Reports coming from different news sources suggest that at least ten people have reportedly died and hundreds more injured, many of them critically. Khaibar Pakhtunkhwa seems to be hardest hit in Pakistan.
Reports suggest that many buildings were completely decimated by the natural fury. The US Geological Survey said that the epicentre of the earthquake was near Jarm in Afghanistan, some 250 kilometres from the capital Kabul and at a depth of 213.5 km.

earthquake 2015Latest reports suggest that 12 girl students lost their lives in Afghanistan when their school building collapsed. On the other hand news sources say that four people died in Pakistan’s Swat region and Charsadda districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including two women.

In India’s Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab and Haryana, people rushed out of their homes when the powerful earthquake jolted the region. People rushed out of offices and homes as buildings shook in national capital Delhi. The Delhi Metro has halted services for a while as a precautionary measure.

In the meantime in Srinagar, phone and electricity lines are down, and damage has been reported to the Lal Chowk flyover in the Jammu and Kashmir capital. “As we rushed out, we saw cars shaking,” said a man in Chandigarh. Video footage from the city showed panicked people rushing out of offices. Hundreds of people in the towns and cities where tremors were felt are still outside, fearing aftershocks.

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