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Eight dead, 100 hurt in 5.8 magnitude Pakistan quake

The quake struck 14 miles (23 km) north of Jhelum, Pakistan at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

A girl was reported killed and close to 50 people were injured in the quake, the chief of Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, Lieutenant General Mohammad Afzal, said.

Most of the damage occurred in an area bound by Jhelum to the south and Mirpur to the north, he added.

Jhelum is located in northeastern Pakistan roughly 120 km southeast of Islamabad. Mirpur is on Pakistan’s side of the disputed territory of Kashmir.

The District Deputy Commissioner for the town of Mirpur, Raja Qaisar, confirmed a single fatality to television channel Geo TV.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, a spokesman for the Pakistan Armed Forces, tweeted that army troops with aviation and medical support teams were dispatched.

(Production: Waheed Kiyani, Waseem Sattar, Shahabuddin Shahab)

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