1 girl died, nine injured in Hub as earthquake hit across country

One minor girl died while nine individuals injured as a house collapsed in Hub area of Balochistan as earthquake hit across the country. 

Tremors of earthquake felt in Lahore, surrounding areas today. 

The PMD, Pakistan stated that quake was measured 6.1 on Richter Scale with depth of 179 Kilometers. The quake had epicenter in Hindukush Mountain Ranger, the department said. 

According to media reports, the tremors were felt across the country including Swat, Bannu, Peshawar and other northern areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa. 

A school building was collapsed in Peshawar and several children are feared to be injured. The rescue operation has been started. 

The officials also dispatched teams in Balochistan and nearby Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to assess reports of damage.

However Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority did not expect serious losses, a spokesman said.

The epicentre was near Afghanistan's Jarm, which was hit by a devastating 7.5 magnitude quake in October 2015 that triggered landslides and flattened buildings, killing more than 380 people across the region.

The bulk of the recorded casualties were in Pakistan, where 248 people were killed, including 202 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and more than 1,600 injured.

Afghanistan is frequently hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which lies near the junction of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

Aid agencies have stressed the need for greater disaster preparedness in the war-torn country, which remains extremely susceptible to recurring natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and landslides.

But deteriorating security has seen international NGOs such as the Red Cross and Save the Children downgrade their operations across the country, making it even more difficult to deliver crucial help to its most vulnerable citizens.

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