Powerful earthquake jolts several Pakistani cities, casualties reported

ISLAMABAD: A powerful earthquake jolted several parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces and the federal capital on Tuesday. Deputy Commissioner AJK Raja Qaiser spoke to Geo News, confirming that a woman died in an incident related to the earthquake. 

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 1km southeast of Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

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

According to initial reports, around 50 people were wounded due to the earthquake in Mirpur. The deputy commissioner AJK said that emergency has been imposed in hospitals. 

He further said that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) have been directed to carry out rescue operations and gather data on the damage done. He said that the rescue teams have reached the affected area, adding that the situation is not the same as in 2005. 

Roads in Mirpur were cracked due to the intensity of the earthquake. 

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.  

A citizen also shared a harrowing video of the earthquake and the damage it caused to roads.