Pakistan earthquake kills at least 20 people

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – An earthquake occurred before dawn southwest Pakistan Most residents fell asleep on Thursday, officials said, killing at least 20 people and damaging hundreds of apartment and office buildings.

The 5.9-magnitude earthquake just after 3 a.m. local time caused severe damage to the city Harnayin the southwestern province of Balochistan. After dozens of houses collapsed, hundreds of people were injured and made homeless.

The United States Geological Survey He said the earthquake was at a depth of about 5.6 miles, which is very important prominent and maybe more dangerous >> adjective Because it is closer to the surface. The epicenter was about 60 miles from Quetta, The provincial capital near the Afghan border. In 1935, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck, killing up to 60,000 people.

Disaster officials said the death toll from Thursday’s quake was expected to rise. The Pakistani army said its forces had arrived in the area to assist in the rescue operations. “Army doctors and paramedics, in addition to the necessary medicines, are assisting the Civil Administration with the necessary medical care,” the army’s media wing said in a statement.

Video footage showed wounded patients receiving treatment under the light of mobile phones while lying on stretchers in the street. At least nine seriously injured people were evacuated by helicopter to Quetta for treatment.

A state of emergency was imposed at the Civil Hospital in Quetta, where officials appealed to all medical personnel for help.

Pakistan is located in an area famous for high seismic activity. In 2019, a Earthquake A magnitude 5.6 on the Richter scale hit several cities in northern Pakistan and parts of the Kashmir region under its control, killing at least 22 people and injuring more than 700. In 2013, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck a remote region in western Pakistan, Kill at least 80. A 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit parts of the southwest in 2008, Leaving at least 150 dead And hundreds of wounded.

One of the most devastating earthquakes in the country’s history was the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2005 that hit the disputed region of Kashmir and affected parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. He. She Killed over 87,000About 38,000 others were injured and thousands of buildings were destroyed, including schools and hospitals. Approximately Four million people are made homeless.

Salman Masoud Reported from Islamabad, Pakistan, and Today Paybarah From Seoul, South Korea.

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