Saturday, October 08, 2005

Earthquake in Islamabad

Scaree news to start the day.
News of a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Extending to New Delhi in India, Sri Nagar in Kashmir, Peshawar and Lahore in Pakistan.
Listening to Geo Tv's audio streaming on the web I wonder and pray for the safety of everyone.
experts say it could have been and would be better if its a defocussed quake, with major seismic activity deep underground and few tremors reaching up, thus lessening chances of damage and casualties.
Reports also say that people are in a panic and out of their homes since morning.
With no access to TV and without actual footage of the happenings I am quite worked up too.
At teh same time I wonder if all this makes for such good TV, would the media cash in on the panic, as is their wont and whip up a quake frenzy? Exaggerate?
Please pray for Saadat and Ajmal Sb. And everyone else.

Updates in comments and updated pic at 12:15 pm.

22 comments:

A said...

Margalla tower's top blocks collapsed.
people injured
Tremors still being felt.

A said...

Civilians helping, no signs of emergency workers.
Everyone fearing for their lives and avoiding the high rise in Islamabad.
rumors of all kinds.

A said...

Sohan, near rawalpindi, school collapsed.
Day called off in lahore.
Junaid of margalla towers, eye witness account. two helicopters and ambulance hovering around.

A said...

more than two hours past the first tremors

A said...

two bldg.s collapsed in lahore
Shah Alam market and Ranger h/q bldgs.

Saeed said...

OMG! i've mailed saadat & another blogger from Lhr...Hope theres no damage to life,buildingein to ban jayingi...& what abt emergency services?

Saeed said...

awk,u online abhi???

A said...

yeah i am online
i been trying saadat but cant get through
my relatives in lahore are fine, Alhamdulillah

A said...

can't get through to anyone in Islamabad. and that worries me
Emergency works have started though.
Prayers needed for all.

A said...

a whole village wiped out in Kashmir.
details:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4321490.stm
other updates I'd posted were from Goe TV's live broadcast.

Saeed said...

read dat fone lines damaged...in isb & lhr...shukar for ur relatives...dua's on d way for everyone there...

A said...

i tried saadat on his mobile!

Saeed said...

arre if d mobile reception towers r affected...but keep trying, & post updates like this only...

Saeed said...

& umm, add me? dazhahsziom@hotmail.com

A said...

Pictures have started coming in:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4321490.stm
and they are grim.

A said...

that close to a major urban centre, death toll can be high.

A said...

Breaking news:
Saadat and family all fine.
Only if i can get through to others.

Acro said...

Chalo Allah ka shkar hai , thats a good news inshAllah others will be fine too. major hit area is the northern side of the country and all of them are poor people living there.

Saeed said...

Shukar hai saadat & family r fine.its sosad really, just read dat 25 ppl died at margalla towers alone.

Saadat said...

Thank you so much for the concern, A. And everybody else. Much, much appreciated.

Linguist-in-Waiting said...

Just want to drop a note that I am praying for you there in Pakistan. I wish you well a speedy recovery.

Linguist-in-Waiting
Buffalo, NY

Hypocrisy Thy Name said...

Sorry to be late to attend to your comments due to the disaster, I got busy and was not doing anything on computer except posting the funds requests and situation in the devastated area.

I am grateful for your concern. One of our relatives 16 years old son died in Margalla Tower collapse in Islamabad. We were feeling light and sometimes strong tremors till last evening.

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