A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and injuring another hundred, Reuters reported, citing government officials.
Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has provided military support to aid people affected by the quake, according to Pakistan military’s media wing.
"Chief of Army Staff directs immediate rescue operation in aid of civil administration for victims of earthquake in AJK (Azad Jammu and Kashmir). Army troops with aviation and medical support teams dispatched," the Pakistan army’s media wing ISPR said.
Initial reports suggested hundreds of people had been injured and roads damaged in several parts of Kashmir.
Pictures and videos emerging on social media showed massive damage in the region.
Damage to roads in AJK in Pakistan after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake just under an hour ago - epicentre is 1 km SE of New Mirpur— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) September 24, 2019
These pics are from that area pic.twitter.com/L1LEIQ5Nhc
#earthquake— Developing Pakistan (@DevelopmentPk) September 24, 2019
#Pakistan Azad #Kashmir Jatlan near Bhimber after Earthquake of magnitude 6.1
Also a building collapsed in Mirpur 50 injured including women and children. A Minaar and walls of masjid Abu-al-qasim also collapsed in Mirpur Azad Kashmir
1 woman dead in Mirpur pic.twitter.com/54lw1JuqzK
The India Meteorological Departmen said the quake was at 6.3 on the Richter scale, striking the region at 16:31 local time.
There were no immediate reports of loss of life or damage to property on the Indian side of Kashmir.