Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Afghanistan
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Early yesterday afternoon local time, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Afghanistan, Pakistan and , with its in the mountain range which stretches from Afghanistan to North Pakistan, causing damage to life and buildings. A Wikinews correspondent felt the shock waves in , Rajasthan at 2:50 PM (0920 ).
Hundreds of people died in this disaster. The death toll is highest in Pakistan. Pakistani officials yesterday afternoon declared over 145 people were found dead. United States Geological Survey reported the earthquake occurred at 212 depth due to . Twelve students died in the rush due to trembles, in an Afghani girls' school in , near . Two elderly women in Kashmir died due to . Some people in Pakistan died by crushing by roof collapse.
During yesterday afternoon, Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi communicated with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, volunteering help. He also tweeted "Heard about strong earthquake in Afghanistan-Pakistan region whose tremors have been felt in parts of India. I pray for everyone's safety."
Yesterday evening,, , declared Pakistan would not ask for help for resources and rescue work and thanked India for offering help. "We have enough resources to handle the situation. Our top priority is to help those affected because of the earthquake".
As of earlier today, officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan came up with statistics of 237 deaths in Pakistan and a total rising to 311.
Almost a decade ago, this region suffered an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6.
Effects in Behror and nearby areas
A Wikinews correspondent reports the tremors were felt in Behror, Rajasthan at 2:50 PM IST. In the boys hostel on NIIT University, the students felt the vibrations of cupboards, tables and beds which lasted over a minute. Nobody was harmed because of the shock-waves, but many students came out of their rooms, asking others whether they felt the vibrations or not.
Our correspondent contacted other students in affected areas of India. According to one student the projectors used for delivering lectures inuniversity in , Rajasthan started shaking. The students asked the professor to cancel the lecture. A first year B. Tech student said he was in the library, listening to music, when suddenly everyone ran out. Later, when he got out of the library, he came to know it was an earthquake.
Students inin , were asked to shelter themselves in an open space of the sports ground and return after few minutes. Many of the students left for their home.
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