Violent earthquake strikes Pakistan.. 20 dead and hundreds injured, and a warning of aftershocks

Today, Thursday, Al-Arabiya correspondent in Pakistan reported that at least 20 people were killed and more than 300 were injured after a violent earthquake struck the south of the country, while there were reports of mountain landslides due to the earthquake, amid a warning from the authorities to residents of the affected areas of the possibility of tremors. backflow;

A violent earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale struck southern Pakistan, at dawn on Thursday, causing dozens of deaths and injuries, most of them women and children. The US Geological Survey said that the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.7, and that it occurred at a depth of 20 kilometers, and its epicenter was 102 kilometers to the east of Quetta, and it was felt by the residents of this city and many cities and towns of the region.

The earthquake, according to local media, caused great damage. Our correspondent stated that Harnai province was the most affected by the earthquake, adding that the Pakistani army was on alert to rescue the wounded and the afflicted. Rescue officials said most of the dead were women and children.

More than 100 mud houses collapsed and a large number of other buildings were damaged, including government buildings. Sohail Anwar, the deputy commissioner of the city of Harnai, told Reuters that hundreds of people are now homeless.

Rescue officials said most of the dead were women and children.

The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center confirmed that the earthquake occurred at 22:01 GMT.

Zaher Tarin, an official at Harnai General Hospital, told AFP that the quake had caused a power outage in the area, forcing the hospital, which already suffers from poor equipment, to work in the dark.

“We work without electricity using lamps and mobile phone lights,” he added.

He explained, “The majority of the wounded who arrived at the hospital suffer from broken limbs. Dozens of people have been returned to their homes after receiving first aid, and there are about 40 others who are seriously injured and have been transported to Quetta in ambulances.”

Pakistan experiences earthquakes constantly because it is located above the meeting point of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates.

In October 2015, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake killed 400 people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Ten years ago, on October 8, 2005, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake left more than 73,000 dead and 3.5 million homeless, most of them in the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir.

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