5.8 Earthquake causes divastation in Pakistan

A 5.8 magnitude Earthquake caused divastation in Mirpur town of Pakistan.This powerful 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck northeast Pakistan on Tuesday, at 4.33pm .

The epicentre of this  earthquake was at Mirpur in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.It is 140 kilometres from capital of Kashmir Srinagar .The epicenter was at depth of 10 kilometres, as per the report of United States Geological Survey.

It is reported that it has caused damage to dozens of homes and shops. So far, at least 19 people have been reported dead . More than   300 persons have been injured.

The state-run Pakistan Television,has reported that four children were among the dead in Mirpur, a town in the Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir.

Government official of the affected region in Pakistan said that rescuers are searching and evacuating victims to hospitals in the city.

Tremors caused by this earthquake were felt by people in Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh, Kashmir, Shimla and some parts of Himachal Pradesh in India.

Residents of several towns in Pakistan, including Islamabad, Lahore and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also felt the shaking caused by this earthquake.

The epicentre of the earthquake was 140 kilometres from Srinagar. (Image: Google Maps)

Details of exact damage and loss of life can be found in the morning of 25th September,2019 only.

Soon after the occurrence of the earthquake , social media especially  Twitter was full of videos and photos of roads and buildings.

Many roads have developed wide and deep cracks. Roofs and walls of many houses have also been destroyed.

Extensive damage has been caused by earthquake in Mirpur, Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

It is being reported that Mirpur has suffered extensive damage.Many buildings have collapsed. Most of roads have been damaged.

The spillway from the Mangla Dam has been closed to cut down the flow of water in upper Jehlum river.

Meteorological department of Pakistan has warned people of aftershocks of similar intensity in the next 24 to 48 hours .It has asked citizens to take necessary precautions.

Seismicity of the Himalaya

Seismicity in the Himalaya dominantly results from the continental collision of the India and Eurasia plates, which are converging at a relative rate of 40-50 mm/yr.

Northward underthrusting of India beneath Eurasia generates numerous earthquakes and consequently makes this area one of the most seismically hazardous regions on Earth.

Areas extending deeper into PoK like Kotli and Bhimber have also suffered to damages caused by the earthquake.

The surface expression of the plate boundary is marked by the foothills of the north-south trending Sulaiman Range in the west, the Indo-Burmese Arc in the east and the east-west trending Himalaya Front in the north of India.