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Pakistan earthquake: Houses collapse in 5.8 tremor

Damaged road in Jatlan village, near Mirpur, Pakistan-administered Kashmir Photo: 24 September 2019

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Massive cracks appeared on a number of roads in the area

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Pakistan, killing at least four people and injuring another 70, local officials say.

The quake’s epicentre was close to the city of Mirpur, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Photos circulating on social media show a huge crack on a main road in the area, and partially destroyed houses.

The full extent of the damage is not yet known. Thousands of people died in the powerful quake in the area in 2005.

“The quake was 10km (six miles) deep… The worst hit was Mirpur,” Pakistan’s chief meteorologist, Muhammad Riaz, told the AFP news agency.

Pakistan’s military said “aviation and medical support” teams had been dispatched to the area.

After Tuesday’s earthquake, tremors were felt as far away as the capitals of Pakistan and India, Islamabad and Delhi respectively.

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