Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir was hit by a massive earthquake measuring 5.8 on Ritcher scale on Tuesday but the tremors were felt as far as Islamabad in Pakistan and Delhi in India.
Important facts about the earthquake
- Epicenter was near New Mirpur city in PoK just 140km from Srinagar
- Twenty-six people are reported to die and 300 injured due to earthquake
- Pakistan sent alerts about aftershocks of similar intensity
Impact of the earthquake
The tremors cracked roads but at many places the roads were cut into two halves. Concrete buildings suffered maximum damage due to the earthquake. People uploaded videos of buildings collapsing and pictures of the debris accumulated on fractured ground. The devastation includes vehicles that got buried in cracked grounds and buildings.
Jhelum water spilled into homes
A part of road running parallel to the upper Jhelum river fell into the river resulting in spilling of the river water into nearby homes. The authorities have to stop spillway from the Mangla Dam to reduce flow in the upper Jhelum river.
Pakistan in the range of earthquake
The shockwave travelled to capital Islamabad, Lahore and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa range. Some deeper areas of PoK like Kotli and Bhimber also reported damage due to the tremors.
Tremors in India
In India, tremors were felt all across J&K, parts of Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Delhi NCR. But no loss is reported in any part of India. J&K DG Dilbagh Singh confirmed that no loss is reported from any part of Kashmir. Indian army also echoed his findings.