Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Major Quakes Hit Pakistan (6.3) And Puerto Rico (6.0)

5 dead, 50 injured as 6.3 magnitude quake jolts Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, tremors felt in North India

Five people died and 75 were injured after an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale hit Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir's Mirpur on Tuesday at 4:32 pm. The epicentre of the earthquake was 140 kilometres from Srinagar at the depth of 10 kilometres, the United States Geological Survey reported.

According to co-ordinates released by the US agency, the epicentre of the earthquake was located near the New Mirpur city in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Tremors of the earthquake were felt in Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh, Kashmir, parts of Himachal as well as several towns in Pakistan, including Islamabad, Lahore and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa range.

Soon after the earthquake struck, Twitter was filled with photographs and videos showing cracked roads and damaged vehicles in the New Mirpur city.
Mirpur has suffered extensive damage, buildings have collapsed, roads have been cut in half while roofs and walls of houses have also been destroyed. Areas extending deeper into POK like Kotli and Bhimber have also suffered to demages caused by the earthquake.

J&K DG Dilbagh Singh while speaking to India Today TV confirmed that "so far there have been no reports of damage in any part of Jammu and Kashmir." Indian Army has also confirmed that there has been no damage to any infrastructure, including communication lines.

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Puerto Rico late Monday, scaring and rousing many from their sleep in the U.S. territory. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit 49 miles off the island's northwest coast at a shallow depth of 6 miles.

Three aftershocks, with magnitudes of 4.7, 4.6 and another of 4.6, hit within less than an hour in the same region at the same depth.

Kiara Hernández, spokeswoman for the island's Emergency Management Agency, told The Associated Press that there were no immediate reports of damage and that there was no risk of tsunami.

She said emergency management officials were already on alert for the approaching Tropical Depression Karen and communicated quickly with mayors and others across the island to check on any damage. Early Tuesday, Karen strengthened into a tropical storm again, the National Hurricane Center said.

Karen strengthened back into a tropical storm early Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.
The National Guard also had been activated for the storm, and schools and government offices remained closed as heavy rains were forecast for Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with warnings of possible flooding and landslides.
Hernández said crews would be inspecting buildings to ensure their safety.

CBS News correspondent David Begnaud retweeted video of a water main break that apparently followed the temblor:

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