5 to 10 million people would be killed if 7.0 magnitude quake hits Karachi, says SC judge over building conditions

Karachi: An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale can eliminate five to 10 million people in Karachi, observed a Supreme Court judge in his remarks on the condition of buildings in the city.

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The remarks came during the hearing of a petition against demolition of a multi-storey building on MA Jinnah Road at the Karachi Registry of the apex court.

Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Gulzar Ahmed were part of the bench that heard the petition

The court observed that the building was dangerous and can collapse anytime.

The Supreme Court ordered officials of Pakistan Engineering Council and National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) to appear on August 9.

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