On the evening of March 21, a strong earthquake struck Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing at least 13 people. Also, more than 200 people were injured of varying severity.
The earthquake reached a magnitude of 6.5 and caused people to run out of their homes and offices in panic. It is reported by The Guardian (to see photos and videos, scroll to the end of the page).
According to preliminary data, nine people died in Pakistan and two in Afghanistan. More than 200 Pakistanis have been taken to hospitals in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Nine Pakistanis died as a result of the collapse of roofs in different parts of the north-west of the country during the earthquake. Among the victims are five men, two women and two children.
Taimoor Khan, a spokesman for the provincial disaster management agency in northwest Pakistan, said at least 19 houses collapsed in different areas. Emergency services continue to establish the final extent of the damage from the disaster.
In Afghanistan, dozens of people were injured. In addition, tremors were felt on the border with Tajikistan. The Afghan Ministry of Health said at least two people were killed and about 20 were injured as a result of the earthquake.
The US Geological Survey said the 6.5 magnitude earthquake was located 40 km southeast of the Hindu Kush mountainous region in Afghanistan, on the border with Pakistan and Tajikistan. The depth of the earthquake was 187.6 km.
Recall that on March 18, a strong earthquake occurred in Ecuador. Its magnitude was 6.8. It is known that among the residents there are victims – at least 16 people.
Earlier it was reported that on the evening of March 9, an earthquake with a magnitude of about 5 was recorded in the Italian province of Perugia. Residents of all of central Italy felt the tremors and, for safety reasons, left their homes en masse, taking to the streets.
– The National Academy of Sciences believes that earthquakes will sooner or later touch the territory of Ukraine. The most powerful forces of 8 points on the Richter scale are possible in the southwestern part of the Odessa region.
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