Earth quake jolts many parts of Pakistan, 20 died, over 300 injured in AJK’s Mirpur


ISLAMABAD (ENNS) An earthquake jolted several parts of the country here on Tuesday, including areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

According to details atleast 20 persons died, while over 300 were injured in Mirpur divison of AJK.

 According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers with its epicenter lying one km southeast of Mirpur, AJK.

Tremors were also felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Jhelum, Charsadda, Swat, Khyber, Abbottabad, Bajaur, Nowshera, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar and Kohistan.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa directed army troops  to participate in rescue activities due to the earthquake in AJK and other affected areas, according to DG Inter-Services Public Relations Maj General Asif Ghafoor.

According to DG ISPR, the army chief directed army personnel to completely cooperate with the civil administration of AJK.
According to NDMA notification released in wake of the calamity, aftershocks can be expected within the next 24 hours in the earthquake-hit areas.

Due to the intensity of the earthquake, roads in Mirpur were cracked open.

The earthquake sent people of affected areas scurrying into the streets.

The earthquake damaged houses and buildings in Mirpur, while several cars fell into the deep cracks on the roads.

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