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7 Oct 2021

Deadly 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 20 in Pakistan

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A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck the southern region of Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 20 people and injuring 200. According to the Disaster Management Authority, most of the victims were women and children who were asleep when the earthquake occurred.

The U.S Geological Survey USGS has released data showing the earthquake struck 62 miles from the epicenter at the east of the city of Quetta, and had a shallow depth of around 12 miles.

Over 100 mud houses collapsed leaving hundreds of people homeless. Video footage from the disaster zone shows demolished homes, caved in buildings, damaged walls and devastation. Deputy Commissioner from Harnai said, “About 13 people from Harnai have been martyred and hundreds are injured.”

CCTV footage aired on national televisions shows transport and houses shaking when the earthquake struck. Rescue missions are underway to search for victims trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings and homes. Those who have suffered serious injuries are being flown to city hospitals via helicopters.

The region has experienced deadly earthquakes throughout history, the last one striking in 2006 where over 73,000 were killed and one in 1935 which killed around 60,000 people.

©Photo: Banaras KHAN/AFP via Getty Images

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