Death toll of 9 reported as a powerful 6.8 earthquake strikes KP, prompts evacuation of buildings in Islamabad
|Death toll of 9 reported as a powerful 6.8 earthquake strikes KP, prompts evacuation of buildings in Islamabad
earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck parts of Pakistan on March 21, 2023,
resulting in nine deaths and over 160 injuries. Among the fatalities, two women
and two children were included. The quake caused many buildings to collapse,
with 19 houses partially damaged across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Peshawar, Kohat, and Lakki Marwat were
some of the areas where tremors were felt. After the earthquake, the Islamabad
police evacuated several high-rise buildings following the appearance of cracks
in walls. No casualties have been reported in the capital, and authorities
concerned in all affected cities are inspecting the affected buildings and
facilitating the citizens. The quake’s epicentre was Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush
region, with a depth of 180 kilometres. The earthquake was followed by 3.7
magnitude aftershocks, and its effects were felt in parts of India and
Afghanistan as well.