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A man transfers an injured minor to a hospital in Swat. – Fazal Khaliq
A man transfers an injured minor to a hospital in Swat. – Fazal Khaliq
Rescue workers move a man, who was injured during an earthquake, at the Lady Reading hospital in Peshawar. -Reuters
Rescue workers move a man, who was injured during an earthquake, at the Lady Reading hospital in Peshawar. -Reuters
Federal employees gather outside their offices after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Islamabad. -AFP
Federal employees gather outside their offices after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Islamabad. -AFP
A man prostrates after running out of a building in Peshawar that shook during the earthquake. ─ DawnNews screengrab
A man prostrates after running out of a building in Peshawar that shook during the earthquake. ─ DawnNews screengrab

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck major cities of Pakistan, including the northern areas on Monday, leaving at least 200 dead and more than 1,000 injured due to building collapses, landslides, stampedes and other quake related incidents.

The earthquake struck the country at 2:09pm today (Monday).

The death toll could climb in the coming days because communications are down in much of the remote mountainous region.

Forty minutes after the first earthquake, an aftershock of 4.8 magnitude was reported in the same area. Aftershocks are expected to continue in the affected areas.

While the magnitude of today’s earthquake is close to the devastating quake of 2005, the epicentre of the 2005 quake was shallow, causing more destruction, said analyst Faheem Zaman.

The earthquake in 2005 was at a depth of 26 km, while today’s earthquake was at a depth of 196 km.

Major updates

  • Epicentre reported as Hindu Kush mountain range
  • Casualties reported in Swat, Bajaur Agency, Kallar Kahar, Sargodha, Kasur, Malakand
  • Communications services disrupted in Islamabad, Peshawar
  • Tremors felt in Delhi, Kabul
  • Emergency numbers for Peshawar 091921302 and 091921138
  • Karakoram Highway blocked at five places due to landslides

At least 200 dead across Pakistan

  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata 191
  • Punjab 5
  • Azad Jammu Kashmir 1
  • Gilgit Balitistan 3

Commissioner Malakand Division Usman told DawnNews that 137 people were killed in Malakand which comprises Swat, Upper and Lower Dir , Chitral, Shangla and Buner areas.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered that 2,000 tents be sent to earthquake affected areas.

An MI-17 helicopter was also placed at the disposal of the KP government to carry out relief efforts.

“A nine-bed mobile hospital with team of surgeons will be dispatched to Dir immediately,” read a statement issued by the PM House.

Scores injured

Around 1,076 people were injured in incidents of roof and wall collapses mostly in the remote mountainous areas.

At least 194 injured were brought to Swat's Saidu Sharif Teaching Hospital, which does not have adequate medical facilities.

More than 100 wounded have been admitted to Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital.

Tremors have been felt in major cities, including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Kohat and Malakand.

US ready to provide quake assistance to Pakistan

The United States stands ready to provide support to the government of Pakistan, the White House said.

“The US government has been in touch with the governments in Afghanistan and Pakistan and we stand ready to provide any additional support that may be needed,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a briefing.

In Pakistan, USAID has existing partners who are ready to respond if necessary, Earnest added.

Paramedics treat a man injured in an earthquake at a hospital in Peshawar on October 26, 2015. -AFP Paramedics treat a man injured in an earthquake at a hospital in Peshawar on October 26, 2015. -AFP

Rescue 1122 has been put on high alert in Punjab. The disaster response force is on standby and a code red has been imposed, Director General Rescue Punjab Retd Brig Dr Ashraf Zia said. Rescue 1122 Spokesman Jam Sajjad said there were no reports of deaths in Lahore.

A patient is brought to a hospital after severe earthquake was felt in Mingora, the main town of Pakistan's Swat valley. -AP A patient is brought to a hospital after severe earthquake was felt in Mingora, the main town of Pakistan's Swat valley. -AP

Communication services have been disrupted in Islamabad, where walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Holy Quran.

Paramedics treat a girl injured in an earthquake at a hospital in Peshawar. -AFP Paramedics treat a girl injured in an earthquake at a hospital in Peshawar. -AFP

A building has also reportedly collapsed in Peshawar. Several mud huts collapsed in Balochistan's Zhob district.

Tremors were also felt in Kabul and New Delhi.

The full extent of the damage and the number of possible casualties is not yet known.

Modi calls Nawaz, offers assistance

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and expressed condolences over the lives lost in the earthquake. He also offered assistance and cooperation to Pakistan in this hour of need.

Earlier, the Indian premier had contacted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and shared initial damage assessment with him.

7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) initially measured the quake's intensity at 7.7 then revised it down to 7.6 and later to 7.5.

Map showing the epicentre of the quake. ─ Dawn GIS Map showing the epicentre of the quake. ─ Dawn GIS

Vineet Gahlot, the director of seismology at the Indian Meteorological Department, said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.7 and an epicentre deep in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Pakistan state TV reported the same magnitude.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department, however, said the magnitude of the earthquake was 8.1.

Pakistani federal employees gather outside their offices after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake. -AFP Pakistani federal employees gather outside their offices after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake. -AFP

The quake was 196km deep and centred 82km southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range.

According to USGS, the epicentre is 67km from Chitral.

Pakistani Army soldiers observe the damaged wall of a fort used by security forces after an earthquake in Peshawar. -AFP Pakistani Army soldiers observe the damaged wall of a fort used by security forces after an earthquake in Peshawar. -AFP

Rescue operation

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed all federal, civil, military and provincial agencies to declare an immediate alert and mobilise all resources to ensure the security of citizens of Pakistan. All agencies have been directed to move out with their resources.

The prime minister has contacted Governor KP and has directed him to mobilise tribal administration immediately for relief, rescue and damage assessment in the affected regions.

On the directions of the PM, a crisis cell has also been formed to coordinate with all federal, civil, military and provincial agencies for damage assessment and rescue and relief efforts. The cell will work round the clock.

The premier has also directed Governor Gilgit Baltistan to immediately reach Gilgit and take charge of rescue and relief efforts in the region.

Joint Secretary Prime Minister Office Kazim Niaz will head the crisis management cell at the PM Office. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), respective Provincial Disaster Management Authorities, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (Erra) will be part of the crisis management cell.

President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed grief over the loss of lives in the natural calamity.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has directed army personnel to reach out where required to help affected people without waiting for orders.

A view of a roadblock caused by a landslide in Gilgit-Baltistan region. -Photo courtesy Hussain Nagri A view of a roadblock caused by a landslide in Gilgit-Baltistan region. -Photo courtesy Hussain Nagri

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif arrived in Peshawar to personally supervise rescue and relief efforts.

Pakistan and the region, along an active continental plate boundary, is often hit by earthquakes. In September 2013, a magnitude-7.7 quake struck Pakistan's Balochistan province, killing around 800 people. In 2005, the country was hit by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless.

Tremors also felt in Balochistan

Earthquake tremors were also felt in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan. People came out of their houses and shops and moved towards deserted areas in the aftermath of powerful earthquake, which struck Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"We have not received any report about any casualty," Tahir Munir Minhas, the Director General PDMA told DawnNews.

The tremors were also felt in Zhob, Killa Saifullah and other areas close to the Afghan border.

All deputy commissioners across the province have been put on high alert to cope with any emergency situation, Minhas said. Panic prevailed among the people after strong tremors in the province.

Quetta is located in an earthquake-prone zone. The city was razed to ground within 30 seconds in 1935's deadliest earthquake.

Various parts of Balochistan including Ziarat, Mashkail and Awaran have been destroyed in deadly earthquakes in recent years.

Also read: ‘Disasters are all manmade, there’s nothing natural about them’

Google launches 'Person Finder' after quake

After the earthquake that jolted parts of South Asia on Monday, Google launched its Person Finder service that allows individuals to post and search for information.

Launched for the first time in 2010, the tech company's service is made live after natural disasters, attempting to make accessible information about missing people.

Comments (246) Closed

Citizen Oct 26, 2015 02:20pm

It was too strong and lengthy. Reminds me of 8 Oct 2005. Lets hope everyone is safe!

mr kayne Oct 26, 2015 02:21pm

Felt it in lahore everything in the house shook quite violently for 3 to 4 minutes.

rashid Oct 26, 2015 02:21pm

also in bahawalpur

Nazish Oct 26, 2015 02:21pm

and Attock as well. It lasted almost 1:30 minutes

Aneel Chaudry Oct 26, 2015 02:21pm

Was a huge one in sahiwal. I hope everybody everywhere is safe.

Saleem Oct 26, 2015 02:23pm

Oh my God! It was Scarry... Felt In Faisalabad too.

Fawad Ahmad Oct 26, 2015 02:23pm

Massive earthquake must be near to 7.0

Sonny Afridi Oct 26, 2015 02:23pm

Ya Ali Madad

Sunil bhalla Oct 26, 2015 02:26pm

Never felt massive earthquake like this in New delhi. Whole delhi is on streets right now.

A Proud Pakistani (Kashmiri) Oct 26, 2015 02:26pm

Hope everythink is Ok.

Saleem Oct 26, 2015 02:26pm

Oh my God! It was really scary. Felt In Faisalabad too.

mansoor ellahi Oct 26, 2015 02:27pm

Earth q jolted Sargodha for several long...

Khem Oct 26, 2015 02:27pm

So scary !! May god saves all lives? It jolted whole northern India as well.

Saif Oct 26, 2015 02:28pm

Massive jolts felt in Sheikhupura.

Delhiite!! Oct 26, 2015 02:28pm

I sincerely hope everyone is absolutely fine. The tremors that I felt here in Delhi were scary.. My entire house was shaking like anything. Hope everybody in Pakistan, northern India and especially in the higher reaches of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan are fine...

God bless all!

Ali Salman Oct 26, 2015 02:28pm

Felt in Mehmood Kot near Multan too. Everything jolted for 5 to 10 minutes.

Waqas Ahmed Oct 26, 2015 02:29pm

It was massive. Safe everyone Inshallah.

asif Oct 26, 2015 02:29pm

YOUR COMMENT massive earthquak 7.7 magnitude

rakrl Oct 26, 2015 02:30pm

i felt in my office tower karachi

Naxalite Oct 26, 2015 02:30pm

As Strong as of 8th Oct.

Ample reverence 4 KSA & Pak Army Oct 26, 2015 02:30pm

Plea again to wake up dear Pakistanis, there is someone having our strings to obey him. Another reminder!

Khan Oct 26, 2015 02:30pm

Lasted for a minute in Islamabad ... 7.6 is a massive hope everyones alright

Saif Oct 26, 2015 02:30pm

Massive earthquake in Sheikhupura. It shook everything for about 2 minutes.

Aslam Parvaiz Oct 26, 2015 02:31pm

It also in Gilgit Baltistan, God save everyone.

Khan Oct 26, 2015 02:31pm

Lasted for a minute in Islamabad ... 7.6 is massive ... hope everyones alright

Disparate Oct 26, 2015 02:32pm

That was something! High magnitude and lasted for long time.

Umar Aziz Oct 26, 2015 02:32pm

OMG! it's for long time earthquake felt in sgd Punjab.

Vyom Oct 26, 2015 02:32pm

Felt in New Delhi.

Rafaaq Oct 26, 2015 02:33pm

This just made me realise how helpless we are at such times

Muhammad Khan Oct 26, 2015 02:33pm

Hope every one is safe in Pakistan.

Karim Oct 26, 2015 02:34pm

The earth quake was huge, we are in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and we also felt jolts, hope and pray that everyone is safe.

Rajan Talwar Oct 26, 2015 02:34pm

it was very scary here in Delhi. long One.

Dawood Ahmad Oct 26, 2015 02:35pm

In Bahawalpur, it was really strong. It lasted for about 5 minutes. Intensity was high and it was terrifying as hell.

En Jay Oct 26, 2015 02:37pm

Prayers from Germany!

Chursy Oct 26, 2015 02:37pm

@Delhiite!! Thanks a lot for your concern and we'll wishes. We also hope and pray that everyone is fine on both sides of the border. Take care

Sanjay Oct 26, 2015 02:38pm

Hope there are no casualties! May God keep everyone safe!

Abdur Rahman Oct 26, 2015 02:38pm

It was a massive earthquake. It was difficult to walk. It was too scary.

Wajih Oct 26, 2015 02:38pm

my GB home was squeaking all the time. Dust flew off the mountains...

rohan Oct 26, 2015 02:38pm

Was traveling in metro.... Stranded 100m # underground

Fareed Oct 26, 2015 02:40pm

Very strong jolts in KABUL. Our building was immediately evacuated.

sami Oct 26, 2015 02:40pm

but i didnt feel it here in quetta. hope everyone is safe and fine

ali sikandar chachar Oct 26, 2015 02:42pm

I've also slightly felt tremors while sitting in Govt Degree College Ghotki.

Dr Yashfaa Rao Oct 26, 2015 02:43pm

IT was So SCARY ,,,hope evryone would be SAFE

Sadam Hussian Kahloon Oct 26, 2015 02:43pm

a very strong earthquakes feel in sangla hill people go out from there houses

Babu Oct 26, 2015 02:43pm

Lasted for a minute in chandigarh. Hope everyone is safe.

Gillani Oct 26, 2015 02:43pm

Epic center was just 196 Km from the lithosphere. Unusually marvelous nature in action.

think_then_speak Oct 26, 2015 02:44pm

In Mardan it was as strong as 2005 and continued upto 5 minutes

Aik Pakistani Oct 26, 2015 02:44pm

Felt it in Lodhran too for almost a couple of minutes.

sindh Oct 26, 2015 02:44pm

tremors felt in Larkana Sindh..duration was about 3 mins

Uzma Oct 26, 2015 02:46pm

We all are connected from Afghanistan to Pakistan to India, at least with earthquake!

Muhammad Nisar Ahmad Oct 26, 2015 02:47pm

felt in kasur everything in tha house shook quite violently for 3 to 4 minute

Shairaza Oct 26, 2015 02:49pm

Strong Tremors felt in Gujranwala too. Hope everyone is safe!

Muhammad Azhar Farid Oct 26, 2015 02:49pm

In my city Taunsa Sharif we feel earthquakes at 2:12pm.

kartikey Mishra Oct 26, 2015 02:50pm

No earth quack in central India

irfan farooqui Oct 26, 2015 02:51pm

nothing felt in Karachi.

Dr Shah Oct 26, 2015 02:53pm

A house roof collapsed in Kabal Swat. All family members in the house received severe injuries. Reports of casualties from other areas of Tehsil Kabal are emerging.

Ehsan Oct 26, 2015 02:54pm

sijaz Oct 26, 2015 02:54pm

The USGS website says 7.5 actually

M.AMBIKAPATHI Oct 26, 2015 02:54pm

May God Bless every one.It is duty for all to stand with affected people.Whatever you can , please do it.

Akshay Oct 26, 2015 02:56pm

We felt it really strongly in Shimla(India). My bed was shaking violently.

Aadil Oct 26, 2015 02:57pm

Prayers from Saudi Arabia

Irfan Oct 26, 2015 02:58pm

Islamabad shaken up, all buildings evacuated.

Ankur Loonia Oct 26, 2015 02:58pm

Is everyone fine there...? Felt jolts in Delhi too..

bryan Oct 26, 2015 02:59pm

Nothing in Bombay and Bangalore

M. Jan Oct 26, 2015 02:59pm

Lets hope everyone across the region is safe. One wouldn't expect too much physical damage going by the reported remoteness and depth of the epicentre but any loss of life will be tragic.

Dr. Khalilullah Shaikh Oct 26, 2015 03:00pm

8.1 Richter Scale as told to the channels by Mr. Haneef of Met. Deptt.

Goga Nalaik Oct 26, 2015 03:01pm

Its recorded depth was 176 km and probably this is what saved us this time otherwise 7.7 magnitude is really huge

Arsalan Khan Oct 26, 2015 03:02pm

very strong indeed i was waiting on road for my dad , and their i felt it was too long

ravi Oct 26, 2015 03:03pm

Hope every one is safe in India and Pakistan.. prayers for betterment of world

~from India

deps Oct 26, 2015 03:03pm

hoping and praying for everyone's safety!!

Momin Oct 26, 2015 03:05pm

Astaghfirullaha rabbi min kulli zambin wa atoobu ilayhi

Pakistan Oct 26, 2015 03:05pm

@mr kayne I live in Lahore too but nothing shook "violently". Please stay calm.It did last longer but was gentle.

Naved Oct 26, 2015 03:05pm

In Dammam Saudi Arabia, we also felt the shock. May be of less intensity, but we felt it for a few seconds.

BP Bhattarai Oct 26, 2015 03:05pm

Be prepared for aftersock.

Sajjad Oct 26, 2015 03:08pm

Unable to contact home in Chitral, Hope everyone is safe

Ali Aslam Oct 26, 2015 03:08pm

I felt first time such intensity of earthquake in my life at Skardu Northern Areas of Pakistan also..

Prof. Ali, Kondhawa, Pune (India) Oct 26, 2015 03:08pm

Prayers from Pune, India!

rajan Oct 26, 2015 03:09pm

hope both india and pakistan are ok,,best wishes frm nepal.

Arvind Oct 26, 2015 03:09pm

I felt in Office in Ludhiana Indian Punjab

atif khan Oct 26, 2015 03:09pm

mountains in skardu covered with dust due to jolt..expect land slides in a vast area

Sajid Akhtar Oct 26, 2015 03:09pm

i hope everybody is OK. massive jolts were felt in pattoki (kasur).

Abdullah Khokhar Oct 26, 2015 03:11pm

NO 7.7 8.1

Little Riders Pakistan Oct 26, 2015 03:11pm

It was vary strong.

Deewa ahmad Oct 26, 2015 03:13pm

This earthquake was very dangerous It was till like 1 or 2 minutes This one was very big earthquake so please every on bevare Small earthquakes will come till 1 or 2 weeks And do not lock or close your doors because if the earthquake comes the doors will be locked by it's self And I live in Islamabad Here it was 8.1 magnitude Everyone this was more bigger earthquake then that happen in 2005 October 8

Uchit Oct 26, 2015 03:14pm

Even we felt @ ahmedabad ( Gujarat)

paul Oct 26, 2015 03:15pm

We fight, but when Pakistan hurts heart of India bleeds. pray for victims and families.

Desh Raj Singh Oct 26, 2015 03:16pm

It felt in Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India ) also.

IT'S FOCKIN Oct 26, 2015 03:17pm

ITS' 7.5!!!

sarwar javed Oct 26, 2015 03:17pm

may God forgive us all

Suhail Sopore Oct 26, 2015 03:17pm

Kashmir valley also got shaked n sopore most... Bt no casuality in sopore n everybody outside their homes .....

Yaseen Oct 26, 2015 03:19pm

@rakrl - . nothing felt in Karachi.

analyses Oct 26, 2015 03:20pm

I'm on the 10th floor of a tall building in Karachi. Noone felt the earthquake here

Nangyal Oct 26, 2015 03:20pm

Was felt in Nowshera, very strong and scary! I hope everyone is safe.

Raina Aaqib Oct 26, 2015 03:21pm

Also felt in IoK

rehan Oct 26, 2015 03:21pm

May every one safe with the grace of Almighty.... Once again reminder by the creator

Mubarak Ali Arjumand Oct 26, 2015 03:22pm

Also felt in Skardu... very strong and frightening....

Kashmiri Oct 26, 2015 03:23pm

Also in was quite voilent

GB Oct 26, 2015 03:24pm

Need updates from Gilgit Baltistan please.

Sajid Akhtar Oct 26, 2015 03:25pm

i hope every one is safe and sound.

Indian Oct 26, 2015 03:27pm

I pray for well being of all pakistani friends.

Dija Oct 26, 2015 03:28pm

At first I thought it will stop but it continued and later became very strong; May God protect us all!Ameen.

Alam Oct 26, 2015 03:29pm

It was so severe quake. Stronger than 2005. May Almighty save everyone

ZAHEER Oct 26, 2015 03:29pm

Earth quake Also felt at kot addu district Muzaffar grah

ZAHEER Oct 26, 2015 03:30pm

Earth quake also felt at KOT ADDU District Muzaffer Grah

ZAHEER Oct 26, 2015 03:32pm

Felt it in KOT ADDU

khanman Oct 26, 2015 03:32pm

@Sunil bhalla Imagine what it could be in islamabad, it was like not stopping

Syed Ahmed, Canada Oct 26, 2015 03:33pm

The current earthquake is largest of this era. A largest earthquake in the 20th Century occurred on 31 May 1935, in Baluchistan region near Quetta was in the range of Mw 7.7 - Mw 7.8. It completely devastated the city of Quetta, killed between 35,000 to 60,000 people and injured thousands in the region.

Sudhanshu Swami Oct 26, 2015 03:33pm

I am near Pakistan Border, Bikaner, I didnt feel any shock. May God help affected people. I pray for least damage.

ijlal haider Oct 26, 2015 03:34pm

it was 8.1 , stronger than 2005

Umair khan Oct 26, 2015 03:38pm

YOUR COMMENTE how many people were killed in this earthquack and the ratio of this earhrquack are how much high than 8 oct earth quak

Muslim Medina Oct 26, 2015 03:39pm

From Toronto, Canada, our prayers are with all the affected people.

Kiani Oct 26, 2015 03:41pm

I felt it here in Karachi while sitting in my office. Unsure if anyone else noticed!

Saad Oct 26, 2015 03:43pm

It was strong and more then 8 October, 2005. We received the strongest of it here in Chitral. Many houses and shops are collapsed in Town Chitral. God Knows about the upper and lower regions cuz Communication system has been demolished throughout.

Mansoor-Toronto Oct 26, 2015 03:47pm

This earthquake is really an "earthquake" for the poor of Pakistan only,

Lost cause Oct 26, 2015 03:53pm

Pray for everyone's safty and. well being. There could be many casualties keeping in view the strenght of earthquake

Rex Minor Oct 26, 2015 03:54pm

The big one for the region is coming nearer and nearer!

Rex Minor

Ramakant Oct 26, 2015 03:55pm

The message is clear: make best use of time you have in your hands instead of fighting over petty issues

Rationalizer Oct 26, 2015 03:57pm

Felt everything is moving here in Pune as well....then realized its effect Stay safe.

Sivaram Pochiraju Oct 26, 2015 03:57pm

My heartfelt sympathies to all the affected families. Thank God, not much human damage is done since it's a huge earth quake hitting the Hindukush region. Let's all be united in this hour of grave crisis and pray for the affected people to recover fast.

I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping against hope that not much serious damage is done to the infrastructure both in Afghanistan and Pakistan and that the Governments concerned will act fast in a positive direction and help improve the paralysed system in the affected parts.

Jawad Oct 26, 2015 03:58pm

The number will go high from 20 I hope not

Avijit Roy Oct 26, 2015 04:00pm

May God protect every soul.

YESOKJEEJEE Oct 26, 2015 04:00pm

@Fareed Thank God nothing much happened.

Sri Oct 26, 2015 04:01pm

Hope the casualties don't esacalate..everyone please take care..prayers ..

YESOKJEEJEE Oct 26, 2015 04:02pm

@analyses Maybe the quake was not strong enough to climb that tall building. Be safe.

NotSurprised Oct 26, 2015 04:08pm

Hope and pray for everyone's safety.

Changez_Khan Oct 26, 2015 04:09pm

Let's pray for everyone's safety in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

charu Oct 26, 2015 04:11pm

God keeps reminding us of how insignificant we really are. Despite all are differences people of afghanistan pakistan and india are joined togther by nature..

Kishen Oct 26, 2015 04:12pm

May God safe the people of the affected areas....

Kh.Rahman Abdulraziq Oct 26, 2015 04:14pm

may have good health and speedy recovery for all those injured in earth quack.

DJ Oct 26, 2015 04:19pm

Ya Rab,pitty on us

Sudhir Neyalasinger Oct 26, 2015 04:20pm

Hope there are no more causalities. Prayers from India.

Hindutavi Rakshas Oct 26, 2015 04:21pm

The sign and result of our sins and the cause of destruction humans are doing towards its real home Earth.

Namo Oct 26, 2015 04:21pm

I hope casualties are limited.God bless all affected by this.

SHIRISH Oct 26, 2015 04:24pm


ramesh Oct 26, 2015 04:26pm

Thanked almighty when it stopped. Every body forgets science and remembers the Creator. Hope in normal times we remember Him.

swati Oct 26, 2015 04:26pm

God bless all.. India is with you !!! Oct 26, 2015 04:27pm

As per my parents GB it was very strong as compare to 8 Oct 2005, Lets hope everyone is safe!

UncutTruth Oct 26, 2015 04:31pm

Condolenses on the loss of life and property.

Saad Oct 26, 2015 04:31pm

hope everyone is safe

KASIM Oct 26, 2015 04:35pm

We will never leave u alone when disasters like this. offering our help. Prayers from India...................

Rajan Talwar Oct 26, 2015 04:37pm

Effected areas shall be handed over to Army for relief operations.

ali Oct 26, 2015 04:37pm

in swabi the earthquakse wer damage alote of houses and two women wer died

ali Oct 26, 2015 04:39pm

it was so strang

Fiz Oct 26, 2015 04:39pm

A massive one. Earnest prayers for everyone from UK. Still remember 2005 one as I was in Pakistan.

Saqib UK Oct 26, 2015 04:44pm

one act of god that India and Pakistan can't politicise. wake up people and stop fighting.

Dr. Khalilullah Shaikh Oct 26, 2015 04:45pm

All TV channels are busy in updating about today's earthquake. While showing the footage they are using the word "manaazir ?????" which seems awkward & irritant in such tragic incidents; they may use the word "tasveerain ???????" or some other word instead.

M.Saeed Oct 26, 2015 04:48pm

It was a horrible experience here in Islamabad. But the intensity of shaking was less than that of 2005 earthquake because epicenter of this earthquake was 214 km deep while that of 2005 was only 10 km below the surface.

uzair Oct 26, 2015 04:50pm

It was massive earth quake but AlhamdulleAllah we are save

khanman Oct 26, 2015 04:52pm

2 after shocks of 4.8 ad 4.7 after the big one..source us geological web site

JP Oct 26, 2015 04:52pm

@SHIRISH That's not likely. What is viable is to ensure that earthquake resistant housing, like what they have in Japan and San Francisco, is available and enforced. Unfortunately, compliance is hard in poor counties.

JP Oct 26, 2015 04:55pm

@ramesh When there is a crisis, everyone gets irrational. But that's hardly something to emulate. Praying won't solve problems. Technology (quake resistant building) and real solutions (population education and crisis management teams) do.

JP Oct 26, 2015 04:59pm

@Hindutavi Rakshas Lets not get primitive with sin talk. The region is on a quake zone - where two giant plates have always been colliding. The death rates go up as population increases and as we build heavy multi-storey buildings that cannot sway with the quake. Now, we need to accept that and think of real solutions, not supernatural morality talk.

Indian Oct 26, 2015 04:59pm

Heart Felt condolences for all demised , don't loose your spirit our prayers are with you.

AMIR BANGASH Oct 26, 2015 05:01pm

I have never seen earth quake of such intensity in my entire life. Many people are injured and houses collapsed in Kohat.

Neutral Oct 26, 2015 05:02pm

Everyone, pls take adequate precautions. Be safe.

JP Oct 26, 2015 05:03pm

To the many invoking moralistic claims and supernaturalism: Sins don't cause earth quakes. Plate tectonics do.

Jawed mirza Oct 26, 2015 05:09pm

This earthquake is a lesson for takes only a second to jump from this world to the next. I pray the whole of Pakistan is safe and its people become honest, reliable, and momins....

Anup Oct 26, 2015 05:09pm

Prayers for the lost life and prayers for the safety of the citizens. I am sure life will recover and people will be able get out of this rude shock by the nature.

Nation Oct 26, 2015 05:09pm

May God give strength to the families who have lose their near and dear ones in this natural calamity. People should stand united irrespective of their cast, creed, religion and nationality and help those who have faced huge financial loss and loss of family members. I pray for those affected people for their wellbeing.

Ali Raza Oct 26, 2015 05:10pm

juST saY aStagfaar

madhura pune,maharashtra Oct 26, 2015 05:13pm

I feel sympathy for those who suffered due to earthquake......

madhura pune,maharashtra Oct 26, 2015 05:14pm

I feel sympathy who suffered from earthquake.......

AHA Oct 26, 2015 05:37pm

Hope for the safety of all affected.

AHA Oct 26, 2015 05:40pm

May god save all

Nasar Oct 26, 2015 05:48pm

Tragic news from Hunza, 2 women are dead due to landslide here :(

Syed Ahmed, Canada Oct 26, 2015 05:49pm

I hope it does not bring to many miseries. It reminds me of 8 Oct 2005. The rugged and isolated Hazara and Swat districts of northern Pakistan were subjected to a magnitude 6.2 earth-quake on December 28, 1974. 5,300 were killed and approximately 17,000 injured. Most of the destruction was centered on the village of Pattan, located about 100 miles north of the capital city of Islamabad which was almost completely destroyed.
Several nations contributed millions of Dollars for the inhabitants of the quake stricken area. Very little was done to rebuild damaged infrastructure.

Kandhkoti Oct 26, 2015 05:52pm

Pakistan Army, a ray of hope, a helping hand. My salutes to my brave soldiers.

Qureshi Oct 26, 2015 05:57pm

How far was the center. That is what matters.

Desi Dimag Oct 26, 2015 05:59pm

My deepest sympathy is with you on your losses. These are truly critical times hard to deal with. May God provide you with the need strength to cope during this very difficult time.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Oct 26, 2015 06:12pm

Pakistan win over England in test is marred by earthquake.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Oct 26, 2015 06:20pm

Pakistan win over England is a big victory which has been marred by earthquake to be honest. I being in office was glued to crickinfo where I read about the earthquake and since then I have been visiting CNN/ Dawn/ Tribune and News and felt so sad about those who are killed and injured in my beloved Pakistan. Iqbal HadiZaidi / Kuwait /

SKD Oct 26, 2015 06:20pm

Never before felt so strong tremors in my life. Walls of my house shook violently for at least 50-60 seconds. Sad to hear so many casualties.

Aub Oct 26, 2015 06:22pm

Himalayn region is prone to earth quakes due to at the junction of Indian plate and Eurasian tactonic plate. So scientist shoulf guide the gov to make quake protected buildings as in Japan they make wooden house.

Zak Oct 26, 2015 06:33pm

Hope Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir are safe , no news about them ? very sad nobody to help them under occupying force.

Dave Oct 26, 2015 06:42pm

Prayers for all. Dont have any other words to say. Hope relief reaches on time to all who have been affected.

khan jamshed Oct 26, 2015 06:46pm

realy shocked to hear this sad news,my deeply condolences are with u but it is the result of our deeds

jugal kishore sharma Oct 26, 2015 06:47pm

God Bless too all of us, we are unite over self in present humble. Injures seek immediate first aid, Almighty with us.

ROHIT PANDEY Oct 26, 2015 06:50pm

The government of India has offered aid to Pakistan andAfghanistan as well.

I hope the countries accept the help and things go back to normalcy soon.

Ajay Oct 26, 2015 06:52pm

Condolences to the families of all those killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Speedy recovery to the injured.

Dave Oct 26, 2015 06:53pm

@Saqib UK i dont think the people of India and Pakistan are fighting. It has always been the politicians and right now it is 90% of the media who are in to yellow journalism.

US CENTCOM Oct 26, 2015 07:01pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this tragedy. We are praying for the safety of all those who are still waiting to receive help. Our deepest condolences go out to everyone who has lost someone in this unfortunate incident. The reports state that several hundred people have been admitted to hospitals across the country. We wish a full recovery to everyone who has been injured. We stand with the nation of Pakistan during this tragedy, and hope they find the strength to get through this difficult time.

Ali Khan Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOM

Brar Oct 26, 2015 07:01pm

Felt in East Panjab also but minor no loss reported, sorry for those who perished in this tradgy may their souls rest in piece.

Take it easy Oct 26, 2015 07:12pm

@ravi Not every one is fine. Some died as per the news. Let us hope for minimum casualty although it is expected to increase as new inputs come in from different nook and corners.

Take it easy Oct 26, 2015 07:14pm

@Rajan Talwar Do not get so scared. Earth Quake is part of life, we have to face it.

yogi Oct 26, 2015 07:21pm


AsadUllah Oct 26, 2015 07:21pm

magnitude was 8.1

Gp65 Oct 26, 2015 07:28pm


Ramakant Oct 26, 2015 07:54pm

RIP. Hope there is minimum loss across the border. Wishing for the speedy recovery of injured. Also as a warning please be prepared for aftershocks. A massive 7.7 Earthquake is usually followed by aftershocks of varying magnitudes over couple of days till the tectonic plate settles in its new position. Please take precautions and also tell your friends and relatives the same.

Fried Chillies Oct 26, 2015 07:58pm

Terrible tragedy. Hope everyone makes through safely

madhura rahalkar pune,maharashtra Oct 26, 2015 08:03pm

I and my family fully support to those who have suffered from earthquake

Sirjee Oct 26, 2015 08:12pm

Great sorrow

Rohail Oct 26, 2015 08:12pm

Suggestion for COAS Raheel Sharif: Our enemies can see it as an opportunity and try to sneak in to strike us back again in cities. Please keep focused on borders and we as people and local govt will get involved in disaster areas. I ask people keep an eye in your surrounding since we got to deal with internal threats as well. God Bless Pakistan!

utpal kumar basu Oct 26, 2015 08:17pm

my deepest condolence for the affected people in pakistan . I hope that by God's grace everything will be fine in the other side of the border.

Nikhil Oct 26, 2015 08:21pm

In any incident man-made or natural, poor people suffer the most. My prayers and sympathies towards to the people of Pakistan from an Indian

Adnan Oct 26, 2015 08:24pm

Hope the casualties are minimal...

Prayers from USA for all countries affected.

Maitri Oct 26, 2015 08:25pm

Deepest condolences to all those people and families affected in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is a grave period for the sub-continent with violent earthquakes happening very frequently in the Indian plate region due millennia of accumulated pressure. Scientists say that these earthquakes have not even released 20% of the pressure and fear a far worse and a massive earthquake striking the region anytime. Hope there is more regional co-operation in the region. Last time India launched operation Maitri t0 assist the people of Nepal. May God guide us and may the governments of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan overcome there differences and come together in this dark hour.

Shyam Oct 26, 2015 08:28pm

may God keep all Indians,Pakistanis and Afghans safe.

moiz inam Oct 26, 2015 08:31pm

i was in school when the earthquake was held i was very scared ad i ran out of my class to ground ,it was of 8.1 i t was a aftershock of previous earthquake it well held again so be careful everyone,even there is tectonic plates in the middle of faisal mosque

Zulfiqar Oct 26, 2015 08:43pm

It's big loss of valuable lives. Pray from God.

asif Oct 26, 2015 08:43pm

@Deewa ahmad the origin was 196 km deep today, 8 october was much more than of today, it was 26 km deep.... so today was not even half of oct 2005..

R Yegya Narayanan Oct 26, 2015 08:57pm

At this time of great tragedy due to the earthquake, we Indians offer our condolences and pray for the quick recovery of all those injured in Pakistan and Afghanistan. India also felt tremors in the northern region of the country. The Indian Prime Minister has extended support and offered assistance. I hope Pakistan would respond positively, at least with regard to healthcare professionals and medicines, to bring relief to the affected regions faster.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Oct 26, 2015 08:58pm

May God have mercy.

Salute to our great Pak Army and COAS Genral Raheel Sharif. They are heading the rescue and providing relief. While our PM Mian Nawaz Sharif is enjoying with family in England in his millions of pounds mansion.

SRK Oct 26, 2015 09:10pm

I hope everyone give up their differences during this emergency time and come together to fight the natural calamity. Hope this brings an end to all kind of terrorism and brings more determination in the hearts of people of this region to build together a better and more prosperous world - condolences from India.

A common pakistani Oct 26, 2015 09:10pm

Unluckily, for the world's population, earthquakes are becoming frequent in densely populated areas. It is more alarming that their magnitude is increasing with time. The progressive societies which take people's welfare seriously start to plan to minimize the loss potential in terms of human lives and also collateral. Mostly in countries like Pakistan, the worst loss potential is from poverty stricken areas. It is true no science can hinder what nature strikes humanity with, but with modern technology, we should strive to shape our societies on a better structure that could at most neutralize the nature's deadly blows. Technology is available, skill is available, only willpower to do so isn't. Because that seems too much to ask from the political elite that is crippled with corruption.

shoban Oct 26, 2015 09:25pm

Sad deepest condolences. May the the souls RIP. God bless.

desidude Oct 26, 2015 09:33pm

My prayers are with all the people affected by this tragedy.

Satyam Vada Oct 26, 2015 09:38pm

Deepest condolences. A very sad day for Pakistan and Afghanistan. Hope we all work together to take care of the victims.

haider Oct 26, 2015 09:43pm

thts really very sad

Asma Oct 26, 2015 09:51pm

It was too much strong and lengty .lets hopeeverone is safe !

Last Word Oct 26, 2015 09:51pm

According to geological expert who appeared on Dawn TV, only 20% energy below the earth had been released by this earthquake. 80% balance energy which is still left can result into bigger quakes of intensity more than 8. This can cover almost whole of Asia which is more bad news and require planning of constructing earthquake resistant buildings and massive arrangements for relief in all countries in this region. May God bless all and keep us safe.

khan Oct 26, 2015 09:57pm

Modi - if you want to help, this cross-border firing and killing of Pakistani's. That would be a big help.

Nainesh Oct 26, 2015 10:09pm

May god bless Pakistan and Pakisanis , with live from india

Aamer Ahmed Oct 26, 2015 10:31pm

I was on the road bringing my kids home from school, therefore, was thankfully spared the horrors of this yet another massive quake to hit the region. But, I can imagine the terrifying moments being posted here considering the outrageous magnitude of the quake.

We can do nothing about nature’s fury, however, dealing with its aftermath is well within our faculties. Everybody should contribute in whichever way they can to alleviate the sufferings of the most effected and most vulnerable (in every disaster – man made or natural) the hapless poor. God speed!

Om Oct 26, 2015 11:13pm

My condolences

Ajay Oct 26, 2015 11:23pm

Condolences to the families of those that died. Good luck to the recovery efforts. Wish a speedy recovery to the injured. We from India extend our sympathy.

Varun Misra Oct 26, 2015 11:24pm

What a Massive tremor felt even in New Delhi........ Hope for everyone in Pak & India are safe.... ..... Prayers from India...

Sen Oct 26, 2015 11:55pm

My heart goes out to my brothers in Pakistan, hope the situation recovers the best it can and as quickly as it can, we are all at the mercy of mother nature - hope we do not face such a situation again... - Love and solidarity from India

Neer Nayan Oct 27, 2015 12:14am


Roy Oct 27, 2015 12:18am

Dawn, could you please set up contribution account to support the relief? I'll be really happy to contribute to the relief effort.

Saad Oct 27, 2015 12:21am

My heart goes out the people in that region. Is there anyway I can help?

Let me take a time to say this: I really dislike those people who say that this is the punishment from God. It's the shift of tectonic plates that cause earthquakes and not some imaginary deity getting on a killing spree.

MAlvi Oct 27, 2015 12:48am

It is a great tragedy. I am sure army will help the victims. I am also sure that the civilian government will be getting ready with the begging bowl - an opportunity for corruption money.

SK Oct 27, 2015 01:11am

May God give strength to all who are affected to survive tough time. Entire world prayers are with you.

dawn Oct 27, 2015 01:23am

Pray for those who died and pray for well being of the survivors

kuka Oct 27, 2015 02:23am

October is not good for Pakistan. Earthquakes, miliatry coup etc. Hope losses are not so huge as in 8th October, 2005.

Naseem Oct 27, 2015 02:50am

Condolences for those losing loved ones.

Thank you for sharing concerns and good wishes from across the border. Keep safe and well I pray.

ayub Oct 27, 2015 02:53am

We need to stay alert to face any eventuality whether it is natural or man-generated disasters. It would be recommended to adopt the disaster management course in the education syllabus of children at all levels. This is inevitable because hardly a day passes when we do not hear the bad news of bomb blasting or other terrorist activity. Disasters have become part of our life.We should not call out the army for rescue and assistance in all matters. They are not solely responsibility. They are already occupied with the duties which the civilian departments are supposed to do.

NY Oct 27, 2015 04:53am

I wish I could do something for the humans impacted by this tragedy. God pls save innocent people

Shoaib Oct 27, 2015 04:59am

@Sen Thank you brother may God bless you. I hope and pray nothing like this happen again. May God give patience to families who have lost loved one.

Truth Oct 27, 2015 05:25am

Condolence by Indians.........

Anil Oct 27, 2015 06:39am

In accepting Indian offer let Pak politicians take it on humanitarian grounds and not from Hindu,muslim prizm.Let there be 1 month truce in hostilities to facilitate delivery of help services.

faisal Oct 27, 2015 08:22am

this was a big earthquake u want to see the video of earth quick then click on the link

SAJU Oct 27, 2015 08:41am

WE need our education system to adopt a lesson to children as how to face earth quick in curriculum,

Lala Oct 27, 2015 09:13am

Pakistan is a nation of resilient people. We will come out of this tragedy just fine. May God bless every inch of our land!

chandragupta Oct 27, 2015 09:35am

Sorry to know many dead. My heart goes out for the children who lost their parents. May God with you.

Sheikh Khalid Oct 27, 2015 09:43am

@Gillani The lithosphere cracked again due to Subduction Pressure from the Indian Plate??

janan Oct 27, 2015 09:50am

So this one was Deep-focus earthquakes compare to 2005 which was Shallow-focus earthquake.

Please detail please check this link

Shabaash Oct 27, 2015 10:17am


NSh Oct 27, 2015 11:48am

Condolences for those losing loved ones. May God give strength to all who are affected to survive tough time. Prayers from Russia.

Reader Oct 27, 2015 06:12pm

Earthquakes, and every natural phenomenon are not disasters, this is nature, humans have to live with nature. This is what humans have to understand.

M Jamal Oct 27, 2015 09:55pm

Now it is the time to think and make strategies and implement them for safeguarding our brethren from future earthquakes as our northern parts are most prone to EQs.Nations survival and progress is in comprehensive planning and implementation to the highest degree.

agnes Oct 28, 2015 07:00am

Be safe all of you. Have faith. God loves us.

agnes Oct 28, 2015 07:02am

Prayers from Philippines. God bless all of us. Have faith.

agnes Oct 28, 2015 07:04am

@SAJU that would be very helpful to all of the people who will understand and know what to do in case of disasters like earthquake. To save move lives.

agnes Oct 28, 2015 07:05am

@kuka Don't lose hope. Pray and believe in our creator

rahul1 Oct 28, 2015 01:31pm

Hope normalcy resumes fast in affected regions. These natural calamities remind how insignificant national boundaries are - which humans boast of .

rehan Oct 28, 2015 03:26pm

It was 8.1 on Richter scale.