An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 shook northern Pakistan on September 24, killing eight people and injuring over hundred, government and police officials said. Media photos and video showed a collapsed building and cracks in roads large enough to swallow cars in Mirpur, a town on Pakistan’s side of the disputed territory of Kashmir near India.
The earthquake with its epicentre in Pakistan shook several parts of north India, including the Delhi-NCR region, the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) said.
There was no report of any loss of life or property following the quake at 4.33 p.m., officials said.
“The epicentre was near the India-Pakistan border. The closest big city to the epicentre is Rawalpindi [in Pakistan’s Punjab province],” said J.L. Gautam, head of operations at the NCS.
Pakistan Meteorological Department’s earthquake centre said the earthquake was located near the mountainous city of Jehlum in Punjab Province. Its depth was at 10 kilometres. However, Minister for Science Fawad Chaudhry said that the intensity of the quake was 7.1.
TV channels showed the footage of heavily damaged roads in Mirpur, with many vehicles overturned.
Several cities including Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Skardu, Kohat, Charsadda, Kasur, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Sialkot, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Chitral, Malakand, Multan, Shangla, Okara, Nowshera, Attock and Jhang felt the tremor.