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7.5 Quake Rocks Middle East

http://www.latimes.com/world/afghani...026-story.html



More than 100 dead as powerful quake rocks Afghanistan, Pakistan, India

People stand outside their offices after a severe earthquake was felt in Islamabad, Pakistan. The powerful quake in northern Afghanistan was felt across much of South Asia on Oct. 26.

*(Anjum Naveed / Associated Press)

Shashank Bengali,*Zulfiquar Ali*and*Ali M. LatifiContact Reporter

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More than 100 people were reported killed Monday when a powerful earthquake centered in northeast Afghanistan triggered landslides, building collapses, stampedes and panic from Central Asia to India.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.5 and was centered in the Hindu Kush mountains, 158 miles north-northeast of Kabul.

The epicenter was near the Jarm district in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan, one of Afghanistan’s most inaccessible regions, where a massive landslide last May killed hundreds of people.

The Pakistani military said 123 people were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and nearly 1,000 injured. Landslides blocked the high-altitude Karakoram Highway, which connects China and Pakistan, in several places and military teams were busy trying to open the road, said Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, the Pakistani army spokesman.

Pakistani quick-reaction units had reached some of the hardest hit districts in the province and begun rescue operations, Bajwa said. The army chief of staff, Gen. Raheel Sharif, ordered “all resources” to be sent to the affected areas.

In the northern Afghan province of Takhar, west of Badakhshan, 11 students at a girls school were killed trying to escape their school building when the quake struck, officials said. The Associated Press, citing a spokesman for the provincial governor, said 30 other girls were taken to the hospital in the provincial capital of Taluqan.

Fifteen people were killed and about 100 injured in the eastern province of Nangarhar, along the Pakistani border, according to the provincial natural disasters directorate. At least 30 houses in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, were destroyed.

The afternoon quake sent people rushing out of swaying buildings and evoked memories of previous major temblors in the region, including one in northern Pakistan in 2005 that killed tens of thousands of people, and in Nepal in 2014, in which more than 8,000 died.

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The toll of the previous quakes was exacerbated by a lack of adequate emergency response teams and equipment across a rugged, largely mountainous region, and officials said they were worried that casualty figures from Monday’s temblor would rise as the extent of the damage became clear.

About 40 minutes after the first earthquake, a magnitude 4.8 aftershock was reported in the vicinity.

A spokesman for the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtukhwa, Mushtaq Ghani, said hundreds of people had lost their homes and that authorities were racing to mount rescue and relief operations in the worst-hit districts.

“The provincial disaster management authority has yet to receive detailed reports about damage, and it will take time,” Ghani said. He said the number of affected people could be in the thousands.

Chitral, a scenic district in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains about 250 miles north of Peshawar, was one of the hardest hit districts in the province, officials said. A police official said 20 bodies had been brought to the district headquarters hospital, while 82 people had suffered injuries.

The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly, said the earthquake also caused landslides, blocking roads in the mountainous district. Telecommunications systems were also disrupted, and huge cracks appeared in the sides of buildings.

Officials in Punjab province said four people there were killed and 61 injured. Deeba Shahnaz, a rescue official, said the “overwhelming majority” of casualties were linked to building and wall collapses.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif set up a crisis management cell in Islamabad while the army chief flew to Peshawar to head up the relief operation.

Afghanistan’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, called an emergency meeting of the national disaster relief agency and directed aid agencies to send help to the affected areas.

There were reports of damage to buildings near the Afghan presidential palace. Shopkeepers and residents raced into the streets as the temblor struck.

“I've lived 57 years and have never seen an earthquake like this,” said a carpenter in Kabul named Farid. “I couldn't believe how strong it was. Luckily nothing in our shop was broken, but I had to run outside with everyone else.”

In the Indian capital, New Delhi, office workers streamed out of buildings and residents reported minor structural damage to multi-story apartment buildings.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had requested “an urgent assessment” of the situation.

“We stand ready for assistance where required, including Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Modi tweeted.

Latifi and Ali are special correspondents; Latifi reported from Kabul and Ali from Peshawar. Staff writer Bengali reported from Mumbai, India.
UPDATES

8:08 a.m.:*This article has been updated with a higher death toll and reports of landslides blocking a highway and a crisis management unit being established in Pakistan.

5:38 a.m.:*This article has been updated with additional reports of deaths and damage.

5:11 a.m.:*This article has been updated throughout with additional details and background.

3:26 a.m.:*This article has been updated with a report of one death in Pakistan.*

This article was originally published at 2:41 a.m.

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Pull the US and NATO troops out of there.

Trigger a crack in some major faults and let volcanic activity bury the entire country in 200 feet of lava.

It will be more productive that way than it is now.

And the Western powers will save a bundle of money.

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3311 dead.

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Pakistan has dispatched aircraft, road clearing teams and rescuers to some of the country’s most isolated valleys on Tuesday in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake that killed 311 people in the region.

A surveillance flight was ordered into the air to assess damage caused by the magnitude 7.5 quake in neighbouring Afghanistan, whilst a C-130 transport plane loaded with rations, ready meals, tents and blankets was dispatched to Chitral, a far-flung former princely state that was especially badly hit.

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That will fuck up your day real fast.

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