7.6 Earthquake kills thousands in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan

  1. 3,000 killed in massive Asia quake

    'A national tragedy,' says Pakistan Army spokesman after 7.6 tremblor


    Another terrible tragedy.
  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   Roy Fokker
    SRINAGAR: Massive destruction has been caused in Uri sector in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, which falls close to the epicentre of today's severe earthquake, Defence officials said

    Destruction is massive in Uri sector. Initial reports are that not many houses are standing in the area, they said.

    Officials said due to earthquake a fire has broken out in Uri which had damaged some houses.

    "There are casualties but how many, we can't say as yet as we are focussing on rescue operations. Army has been pressed into the operations," the officials said.

    Meanwhile, tremors are still being felt in Srinagar and other places of the Kashmir valley intermittently.

    Traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was disrupted as mounds of earth from a hillock fell on the road at Karol near Ramban.

    While heavy vehicles are still stranded on the highway, traffic authorities are letting light vehicles pass.

    There were reports of house collapse in Batut and Doda.

    In Jammu, several houses developed cracks in the old city.

    Power, water and telephone services have been disrupted acroos the state. Mobile phones are, hopwever, working.
    I'm confident that units of J&K (JAK) Rifles have been pressed into duty. It's still a wait and watch situation. From the descriptions of conditions Uri and nearby Poonch and Rajouri sectors, it sounds pretty bad.

    PM of India has already passed on his condolences and has told the ruler of Pakistan that India is standing by to help in any which way it can.

    Similar assurances have been guaranteed to Afghanistan - where a sizeable Indian detachment is already present.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    When I logged on this morning this story was the first one I read - so very scary and sad.

  5. by   kitty29
    Only person I hope it got was OBL!
  6. by   smk1
    this is a very frightnening time in our world....makes one really start to look at what is going on on a global scale.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Many already are (looking at global events/occurences) and it is indeed scary.
  8. by   suzanne4
    Unfortunatley, the death count is already at about 18,000.

    Very scary.
  9. by   jnette
    Quote from suzanne4
    Unfortunatley, the death count is already at about 18,000.

    Very scary.
    Yes.. the Weetz mentioned that this morning. Absolutely horrifying. Her dh's family is ok so far... I know they were greatly concerned.

    Oh my.......... mother earth is revolting against us ! :uhoh21:
  10. by   jnette
    oh nooooooooooo... news just reporting the number of dead as over THIRTY thousand so far..................
  11. by   suzanne4
    Unfortunately, it will probably get even worse. Not sure what is going on anymore.

    Now there is a yound boy in Indonesia that was just diagnosed with bird flu, if that is the case, it is going to get only much worse all over.
  12. by   suzanne4
    Islamabad is highly populated, think of a place like NYC.
  13. by   weetziebat
    dh just spoke with his family in islamabad. they're o.k. but naturally very upset. amazes me that the phones are working with all that destruction. lots of tremors since the quake. heartbreaking to hear that so many of the victims were children, killed or trapped in their schools. and so much of the affected area is not reachable except by helicopter, and without the heavy equipment needed for rescue efforts.

    really scary with all that is going on in the world. seems almost like mother nature is laughing at mankind, so assured of our ability to master nature and be in control.
  14. by   Ted
    I just watched the updates on this horrific event. The death toll is now over 30,000! A lot of the damage from this earth quake accured in areas that are "normally inaccessable on a good day".

    Sad. . . .