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At least 11 killed, as 6.8 magnitude strong earthquake jolts Pakistan, Afghanistan

Tremors from the earthquake were felt across the nation, including in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Peshawar, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, and other cities.

Written by  Annesha Barua -- March 22nd 2023 10:20 AM
At least 11 killed, as 6.8 magnitude strong earthquake jolts  Pakistan, Afghanistan

At least 11 killed, as 6.8 magnitude strong earthquake jolts Pakistan, Afghanistan

Islamabad, March 22:  At least 11 people were killed and over 150 injured in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 jolted several parts of Pakistan on late Tuesday night, according to the report.

Injured were rushed to hospital in Pakistan’s Swat valley region, it is located in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Bilal Faizi, a spokesman for Pakistan's emergency services said, state is in a shock. 


“These terrified people collapsed, and some of them collapsed because of the shock of the earthquake,” he said. Faizi further said that most of them were later discharged from the hospital.

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According to the official report, nine people were killed when roofs collapsed in various parts of northwestern Pakistan. There are dozens of others who all were injured during the earthquake. The epicentre was in Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region, and its depth was 180 kilometres (PMD) and the tremors were felt till bordering Tajikistan. The earthquake triggered huge landslides which disrupted the traffic. 

As per to the US Geological Survey, the quake rocked Afghanistan and parts of India as well, including the capital New Delhi, adding that the quake's epicentre was 40 kilometres south-southeast of the Afghan town of Jurm.

The powerful tremors sent many people fleeing their homes and offices in Pakistan's capital of Islamabad. The media reports suggested cracks had appeared in some apartment buildings in the city.

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- With inputs from agencies

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