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Pakistan Earthquake Kills at Least 20


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A pre-dawn earthquake struck. southwest Pakistan Most residents slept on Thursday, killing at least 20 people and collapsing hundreds of residential and office buildings, officials said.

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake after 3 a.m. local time severely damaged the city Harnai, in the southwestern province of Baluchistan. After the collapse of dozens of houses, hundreds of people were left homeless and injured.

V United States Geological Survey said the quake was about 5.6 miles deep, which is considered very small and potentially more dangerous because it is closer to the surface. The center of the earthquake was about 60 miles from Quetta, the capital of a province that lies close to the Afghan border… It was here in 1935 that a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck, which killed up to 60,000 people.

Disaster officials said the death toll from Thursday’s earthquake is expected to rise. The Pakistani military said its troops had arrived in the area to assist with rescue operations. “The army doctors and paramedics, along with the necessary medicines, are helping the civil administration in obtaining the necessary medical care,” the military wing of the media said in a statement.

The video shows how the wounded were treated under the light of mobile phones, lying on a stretcher in the street. At least nine seriously injured people were evacuated by helicopter to Quetta for treatment.

A state of emergency was declared at a civilian hospital in Quetta, and authorities asked all medical personnel for help.

Pakistan is located in an area known for high seismic activity. In 2019 earthquake A measurement of 5.6 on the Richter scale shocked several cities in northern Pakistan and parts of Kashmir under its control, leaving at least 22 people dead and more than 700 injured. In 2013, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck a remote area of ​​western Pakistan. kill at least 80… An earthquake measuring 6.5 shook parts of the southwest in 2008. leaving at least 150 people dead and hundreds more were injured.

One of the most devastating earthquakes in the country’s history was the magnitude 7.8 earthquake in 2005, which struck the disputed territory of Kashmir and affected parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. it killed over 87,000, injured about 38,000 people and destroyed thousands of buildings, including schools and hospitals. About four million people were left homeless

Salman Masood reported from Islamabad, Pakistan, and Hazi Paybara from Seoul, South Korea.

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