In Pakistan, a devastating 6.8 magnitude earthquake leaves at least 9 people dead

In Pakistan, a devastating 6.8 magnitude earthquake leaves at least 9 people dead

Tuesday's 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck regions of Pakistan claimed nine lives and injured over 160 others, according to local media. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Service, the earthquake's epicentre was in Afghanistan's Hindu Kush area, and its depth was 180 kilometres.

Tremors from the earthquake were felt throughout the nation, including in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Peshawar, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, and other cities.

According to local media, there were also significant earthquakes felt in Gujrat, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Kot Momin, Madh Ranjha, Chakwal, Kohat, and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Citizens in a panic were seen on the streets on television.

According to a report from Geo News, the earthquake left nine people dead, including two women, and over 160 people wounded in addition to forcing several structures to fall down.

According to The Express Tribune newspaper, there was a rush at the moment of the earthquake in Rawalpindi's marketplaces.

According to Pakistan's state-run Associated Press, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has urged disaster management professionals to be alert to deal with any emergency.

According to The Express Tribune, Federal Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel ordered the federal capital's hospitals to declare an emergency.

The worldwide seismological centre reports that in addition to Pakistan, earthquakes were also reported in China, India, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

In Pakistan, earthquakes often occur.

Islamabad was hit by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in January of this year.

More than 74,000 people were killed in the country's worst earthquake, which occurred in 2005. PTI