As a 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Pakistan, at least 9 people have died.

On Tuesday around 9:47 p.m., a powerful earthquake shook some areas of Pakistan, causing at least nine fatalities and dozens more injuries. Residents of Islamabad and surrounding areas were alarmed by the jolts.

The magnitude of the earthquake, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), was 6.8 on the Richter scale.

An earthquake originated on 21-03-2023 at 21:47 PST
Mag: 6.8
Depth: 180 km
Lat: 36.51 N
Long: 70.96 E
Epicentre: Hindukush Region, Afghanistan.

— Pak Met Department محکمہ موسمیات (@pmdgov) March 21, 2023

According to the Met Department, the epicentre of the earthquake was in Afghanistan’s Hindukush Region. At a depth of 180 kilometres, the earthquake occurred.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Disaster Management Authority released an update stating that the earthquake caused at least 9 fatalities and 44 injuries.
In an interview with a television channel, PMD Director-General Mahr Sahibzad Khan stated that while the depth of the earthquake may reduce damage, it is likely to cause greater damage in places around the epicentre.

According to a USGS update, the earthquake’s epicentre was located 40 kilometres south-southeast of the Afghan town of Jurm.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif instructed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and other institutions to be prepared for any disaster shortly after the earthquake.

Media reports claim that numerous cities in Pakistan experienced aftershocks, including Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta, Muzaffarabad, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Jhelum, Sheikhupura, Nowshera, Kohat, Multan, Swat, Shangla, and many others.

Massive fractures were visible in a structure in Islamabad in a video that journalist Raja Mohsin Ijaz, who is based in Islamabad, posted.

The tremors were also felt in India, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and even China.

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