Shallow tremor rocks quake-hit area of Pakistan

MIRPUR, PAKISTAN (AFP) – A shallow tremor sent terrified people running into the streets in northeastern Pakistan yesterday, days after a powerful quake killed 38 people in the same area and destroyed infrastructure and roads.

An AFP reporter in the city of Mirpur in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir described the shaking as “a wave going underneath the earth”.

The United States (US) Geological Survey put the quake at 4.7 magnitude and 10 kilometres deep, adding that it had struck just four kilometres outside of Mirpur. Pakistan’s top meteorologist Muhammad Riaz said the epicentre of the 4.4-magnitude tremor was 12 kilometres deep.

Dozens of patients were also evacuated from the main government hospital in Mirpur, some in wheelchairs or on stretchers.

The tremor came as rescuers continued to pick through toppled buildings to reach victims from Tuesday’s earthquake.

The village of Jatlan on the outskirts of Mirpur appeared to be one of the worst affected by Tuesday’s quake, while Mirpur was largely spared major damage.

Pakistanis stand in a street along with patients evacuated from a hospital following a quake of 4.7 magnitude, in Mirpur in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP