Another shallow tremor hit the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir on Thursday after a strong earthquake struck the Pakistan-India border region on Tuesday at about 4:31 pm. The Tuesday earthquake took about 38 lives and destroyed the infrastructure and roads in the region. Pakistan's top meteorologist, Muhammad Riaz, said that the epicenter of this quake with 4.4-magnitude tremor was 12 kilometers (seven miles) deep. While this happened the people from Mirpur city hit the streets in fear. A few of the patients from the nearby hospital were also evacuated.
The US Geological Survey has said that the quake had a 4.7 magnitude and 10 kilometers of depth. It essentially struck the area 4 kilometers outside of Mirpur. Pakistan stands in the boundary where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, this makes the place prone to frequent earthquakes. The recent earthquake hit the place when the rescue and rehabilitation operations for the last earthquake was underway.
A local, Mohammad Bilal told the news agency AFP that, "It's hell. I am running to save my life". Another local Sagheer Ahmad said, "I thought most of the building would have tumbled down."
The #earthquake in Mirpur has affected thousands of lives, with countless injured and homes destroyed.— IR Pakistan (@IslamicReliefPK) September 26, 2019
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A 5.8-magnitude quake jolted several cities in the northern parts of the PoK region on Tuesday. According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the quake, which occurred at around 4 pm on Tuesday at a depth of only 10 kilometers, was near Mirpur city in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), roughly 20 kilometers north of Jhelum in Punjab, according to the US Geological Survey. Pakistan Meteorological Department's earthquake center said the 5.8-magnitude earthquake was located near the mountainous city of Jehlum in Punjab province. The quake was powerful and created panic as people ran out of the building, eyewitnesses said. National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal said at a briefing in Islamabad that trucks loaded with relief items, including 200 tents, 800 blankets, 200 kitchen sets and 100 medical kits would reach the people affected by the earthquake soon.