Saturday, October 08, 2005

Major Quake Devastates Indian Subcontinent, Kills Scores

ISLAMABAD, October 8, 2005 ( & News Agencies) – A huge earthquake measuring at least 7.6 on the open-ended Richter Scale killed on Saturday, October 8, scores of people in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, and caused widespread damage across the Indian Subcontinent.

Pakistan took the brunt of the quake with dozens of people feared to have died, amid reports that entire villages have been wiped out in northern areas and many trapped in a collapsed apartment block in the capital Islamabad, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).

"The earthquake epicenter lay 100 kilometers north of Islamabad," Mohammad Iqbal, a meteorological department official, told AFP.

The first tremor rumbled through the country at around 7:55 (4:55 GMT), followed by another after a few minutes.

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