Quake tremors jolt various parts of Pakistan, 1 girl killed

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ISLAMABAD: A minor girl was killed and nine others were injured in Quetta as a 6.2-magnitude earthquake jolted various parts of the country on Wednesday.
According to media reports, the minor girl was killed when the roof of her house collapsed as a result of the earthquake.
According to the Deputy Commissioner Shabir Ahmed Mengal, rescue teams have been dispatched to affected areas in Quetta. Several villages in Balochistan felt the tremors of the quake, the deputy commissioner added.
“The injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Emergency has been declared in all hospitals”, Mengal said.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicentre of the 6.1-magnitude earthquake is 35 kilometres south of Jarm in Afghanistan, where the shocks were also felt. The depth of the quake is at 191.2km, USGS added.
Tremors were also felt in Peshawar, Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.
In Peshawar, Lahore and Parachinar, panicked locals ran out of their homes and came out onto the streets as the quake’s tremors were felt. Four girls were injured and rushed to Lady Reading Hospital. Mobile phone signals in Peshawar went off.
In Landi Arbab, a village near Peshawar, two children were injured as they were running out of their school in a panic.
No loss of life has been reported from any city other than Quetta as yet.
In Islamabad, the windows and doors of the Supreme Court shook. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, who was hearing a case at the time, told observers and lawyers present in the courtroom to remain seated as the “earthquake would subside after the initial shocks”. Phone signals that had gone off in the capital when the quake was first felt came back on shortly afterwards.
The quake’s shocks were felt in Charsadda, Murree, Sargodha, Shangla, Haripur and Gujranwala, as well.

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