A massive 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck a hilly portion of Pakistan’s Balochistan province early on Thursday, October 7, 2021, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 300 more.
According to Geo News, disaster management officials predicted the death toll could rise.
The epicentre of the earthquake was near Harnai at a depth of roughly 15 kilometers, according to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre in Islamabad. It went on to say that the “precise damage” had yet to be determined.
In Balochistan, the quake hit Quetta, Sibi, Harnai, Pishin, Qila Saifullah, Chaman, Ziarat, and Zhob.
The majority of the deaths and injuries were recorded in Harnai’s rural north-eastern area.
Several victims have been brought to the hospital in critical condition, according to Hashmi. Several structures in Harnai, he claimed, had been damaged. A large number of persons were buried beneath the rubble.
Hundreds of people have been displaced as a result of the collapse of over 100 mud dwellings.
Different places are still experiencing aftershocks. At 3:20 a.m., the first tremors were felt, and terrified residents raced out of their homes, reciting verses from the holy Quran. All hospitals have declared an emergency, and relief and rescue efforts are underway.