The national tragedy: 2005 Kashmir Earthquake

The tragedy which is still afresh in our minds, a test of mental and physical fortitude which the nation suffered and then rose from.


The 2005 Kashmir earthquake occurred at 08:50:39 Pakistan Standard Time on 8 October in Pakistan-administered areas of Kashmir.

It was centered near the city of Muzaffarabad, and also affected Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Indian-occupied Kashmir.

The earthquake also affected countries in the surrounding region where tremors were felt in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Chinese Xinjiang.

The 13th memorial of the devastating October 8, 2005 earthquake, which left nearly 100,000 people dead and 3.5 million homeless and injured besides destroying the basic infrastructure, is being observed across the country, including Azad Kashmir and adjoining areas.

The severity of the damage caused by the earthquake is attributed to severe upthrust. It is considered the deadliest earthquake to hit South Asia since the 1935 Quetta earthquake.

Most of the victims were from poor families living in small and dilapidated houses and buildings. Old mud houses caved in when the earthquake struck. Broken walls or collapsed roofs were reported from numerous villages in most of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


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