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Oct. 9, 2005

7.6-magnitude earthquake hits Pakistan-India border

by Merlyn Deng, Online Editor-in-Chief
This is not original reporting. All Information has been compiled from an Associated Press article "Rescuers Try to Reach Asia Quake Survivors" by The Associated Press. Silver Chips Online posts these stories to provide students with a forum for discussion.

More than 20,000 are believed to be dead after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake occurred on the Pakistan-India boarder yesterday, Oct. 8. The earthquake caused massive devastation in sections of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, according to the Associated Press.

The epicenter of the earthquake was 60 miles northeast of Islamabad, in the mountains of Pakistani Kashmir, where the Pakistan-India border is located, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The 7.6-magnitude earthquake occurred at 8:50 a.m. local time and spread out approximately 100 km from the epicenter. Five aftershocks occurred in Pakistan, and the strongest aftershock, 6.3-magnitude, was located 70 miles north of Islamabad.

The earthquake's effects reached the capitals of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, causing people to scramble out of their homes and offices as buildings and walls collapsed. According to the United Nations, more than 2.5 million residents in the affected regions are in need of shelter.

Pakistani Chief Army Spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan said that the earthquake caused massive damage in the Pakistani-controlled Kashmir region, including its capital, Muzaffarabad. India senior state official B.B. Vyas said that over 20,000 people have been injured and more than 2,700 homes have sustained damage or have been totally destroyed across the Jammu-Kashmir region.

Currently, soldiers and local volunteers are working to rescue people from under destroyed homes and buildings in the Jammu-Kashmir region. In addition, telephone lines have fallen and bridges are on the verge of collapsing. Traffic, however, has not been stopped, according to the Associated Press.

Other places that suffered considerable damage include the districts of Batagram, Balakot, Mansehra, Abbottabad and Patan, in northwestern Pakistan, according to Sultan.

Two main highways have been shut down in India-controlled Kashmir because of landslides caused by the earthquake.

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz have ordered for military aid in the affected areas and urged Pakistani residents to remain calm, according to the Associated Press.

According to U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara, the earthquake's effects also reached Bagram, where the main American base of Afghanistan is located, but there have not been any reports of damage to bases in the country.

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  • Anonymous on October 9, 2005 at 8:24 PM
    um actually its about 25,000 dead and 41,000 injured
  • WOW NUMBERS!! OH MY GOD!! (View Email) on October 10, 2005 at 1:19 PM
    um, actually you spelt it's wrong.
  • boorredd.. on October 10, 2005 at 1:23 PM
    maybe that's why it says "MORE than 20,000"
  • hmm on October 10, 2005 at 2:35 PM
    i thought it hit in the pakistan area, with a 7.6 magnitude, but could be felt in india with a 6.4 magnitude.
    i think you should recheck your information.
  • daniel on October 10, 2005 at 7:43 PM
    great info easy to find.
  • ... on October 10, 2005 at 10:31 PM
    i think u guys are being too nit-picky about details -_-'...that im sure the writer spent a good amount of time looking up and verifying.
  • mari (View Email) on October 11, 2005 at 9:24 AM
    huh m very sad abt this earth quake
  • anachronism on October 12, 2005 at 12:49 PM
    "This is not original reporting. All Information has been compiled from an Associated Press article "Rescuers Try to Reach Asia Quake Survivors" by The Associated Press. Silver Chips Online posts these stories to provide students with a forum for discussion." << HOW DOES EVERYONE KEEP MISSING THIS!??!?! it's right there on top!!
  • affan ahmed (View Email) on October 12, 2005 at 2:10 PM
    really sorry
    i request all the people of pakistan to help their brothers who r wht evver they can do for them
  • ayush (View Email) on November 5, 2005 at 2:14 AM
    dear sir

    i want some images &information of pakistan earthquake
  • dania (View Email) on November 16, 2005 at 5:27 AM
    hey guys,
    can you help me with my project,o please send me some cool pics and information about the eartyhquake.i need to know why it attacked the place,i need to know it in scientific way easy to understand
  • Faurhane (View Email) on November 16, 2005 at 11:36 AM
  • Davielle (View Email) on December 9, 2005 at 3:34 PM
    Dear Sir,
    I want some pictures of the effects of the earthquake and also some pictures of the epicenter. Thanks alot
  • hozi (View Email) on January 7, 2006 at 9:06 AM
    dear sir !! i wont some information on wat wer the effects on the buildings and the infrastructure!! plese send mee mails!! thank you!!
  • usman (View Email) on January 13, 2006 at 9:29 AM
    I want info on the effects on people after the earthquake and it is urgent so please send it to me before HOZI.
  • usman (View Email) on January 30, 2006 at 9:17 AM
    i think this was a great for government of pakistan , but it handled it, this is a bit amazing but people of whole world heled pakistan in the time of need.
  • William (View Email) on April 25, 2006 at 9:05 AM
    I am doing a school project on the pakistami earthquake. Where could I get some information
  • !!! on March 6, 2007 at 12:01 PM
    Can anybody tell me how much the estimate cost of damage of this earthquake was???Or where i can find out about it???
  • Waqas kayani (View Email) on November 19, 2007 at 11:02 PM
    I was one who was there in the pointed area of earthquake. I was in AJK University and found that the major rescue work was performed by students alone. We had nothing at that moment but a desire to serve the huminity in such calamity.
  • Momna (View Email) on March 14, 2010 at 1:43 AM
    I really feel sorry forthe people who died .
  • annie (View Email) on April 15, 2010 at 3:17 AM
    It was the worst disaster in the history of Pakistan in which more then 1 lakh people died and injured.
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