ISLAMABAD (9 News) – Nineteen people were killed while over 300 wounded when an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale struck several cities across country and Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake measured 6.1 on the Richter Scale at a depth of 10km. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the quake measured 5.7 on the Richter Scale and 12km north-west of Jhelum. Aftershocks were also felt in Lahore, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Kotli, Sialkot and Malakand.
The building of Benazir Bhutto Medical College’s Old Boys Hostel collapsed due to the earthquake. In Jhelum, a woman was killed and 13 injured in quake-related incidents.
Aftershocks were also felt in Lahore, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Kotli, Sialkot and Malakand. After the earthquake, flights were stopped in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.
Roads have been damaged and crevices were created in canals in Mirpur. Emergency has been declared in all hospitals in Mirpur. The wall of a house collapsed in Jhelum. Several buses and vehicles turned turtle due to the earthquake.
The WAPDA spokesperson said that no damage had been reported to Mangla Dam and Power House. He said that data was being collected through instruments installed at both places. “Water in Mangla Lake has turned muddy and powerhouse’s turbines have been shut as precautionary measures,” he said, adding the turbines would be switched on after would become clean.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has ordered the PDMA authorities to be alert. He sought a report about the earthquake in different districts across the province.
He also ordered to take precautionary measures keeping in view the aftershocks of the earthquake. Most damage was reported in Jatlan.