The lives of millions changed when 10 years ago a devastating 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook the western Himalaya of Pakistan and some parts of India. The earthquake struck at 08:50am on 8 October 2005.
History repeats itself yesterday when around 02:09pm a 7.7-magnitude earthquake strikes the northern areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan also has been felt in a large area of northern India with a massive damage across the region.
Earthquake 2005 resulted in 87,351 deaths, 75,266 injured, 2.8 million people being homeless and 250,000 farm animals dying.
From the latest report 250 casualties have been reported including 12 students who were killed in a stampede after a school collapsed while numerous people being homeless.
The notable difference between the yesterday’s earthquake and the 2005 earthquake is the depth of the seismic activity. The 2005 earthquake was 15 km deep while this earthquake was 212.5 km deep.
There were many aftershocks of earthquakes in 2005, mainly to the northwest of the original centre. A series of strong aftershocks occurred near Muzaffarabad.
Aftershocks of yesterday’s earthquake continuously felt in different parts of Pakistan especially in Khyber-Pakhtunkhaw with the intensity of 4.3 and 4.5.