Earthquake of 8.1 magnitude kills at least 200 and injured over 1000 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The death toll may increase as still rescue operation was underway till the filing of the story. An 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan 10 years after the deadly earthquake of 5th October 2005. The epicenter of the earthquake was 196 km deep and centered 82 km southeast of Faizabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindukush mountain range. In Afghanistan, Afghan officials said 33 were killed and more than 200 wounded. In Pakistan, the earthquake tremors were felt in Peshawar, Lahore, Islamabad, Sargodha, Malakand, Swat, Gilgit Baltistan, FATA, Kashmir and several other parts of the country. Hundreds of home were destroyed in the deadly earthquake. The earthquake came at 2:09 and measured 8.1 according to country Geological department. But the US geological survey initially measured the magnitude at 7.7, and then revisited it down to 7.5. The powerful jolts forced people to come out of their homes and offices. Due to damage of telecommunication system many people were unable to connect with their loved ones. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who was in UK, has shortened his visit and directed all the agencies to mobilize all resources to help the affected people.