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One killed, 7 injured as powerful earthquake rattles Pakistan

ISLAMABAD -UNS – A two-year-old minor girl was killed and seven sustained injuries as a powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Islamabad and various cities of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan on Wednesday.

According to details, the casualty occured in Balochistan’s Lasbela district where the roof of a dilapidated house collapsed after the quake.

In Peshawar four girls were injured in a stampede as students fled a government girls primary school in the northwestern provincial capital. All were reported in stable condition.

Strong tremors shook Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Sheikhupura, Sargodha, Jhelum, Nankana, Chiniot, Abbotabad, Muzaffarabad, Lasbela, Safdarabad, Sharaqpur, Dir, Malakand and Mianwali where frightened residents ran out of homes while offices and schools were quickly evacuated.

Officials dispatched teams in Balochistan and nearby Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to assess reports of damage. However the National Disaster Management Authority did not expect serious losses, a spokesman said.

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