9 killed as strong earthquake rattles Pakistan, Afghanistan

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On Tuesday, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook Pakistan and Afghanistan, causing residents to flee their homes and offices in panic and even frightening people in remote villages.

The earthquake resulted in the deaths of at least nine individuals. Over 100 people were brought to hospitals in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province due to shock, with most being discharged later.

According to officials, roofs collapsed in various parts of northwestern Pakistan, killing nine people and injuring dozens, the Associated Press is reporting.

The earthquake was centered in Afghanistan and also felt in bordering Tajikistan, triggering landslides in mountainous areas, which disrupted traffic.

In remote areas, at least 19 mudbrick homes collapsed, according to Taimoor Khan, a spokesman for the provincial disaster management authority in the northwest, as reported by the AP.

Reports from media outlets suggested that cracks appeared in some apartment buildings in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, causing many to flee their homes and recite verses from the Quran, Islam’s holy book.

Further data collection about the damages is ongoing.

Written by staff