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New earthquake in Pakistan

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale rocked northeastern Pakistan on Thursday in an aftershock that killed 38 people and wounded hundreds on Tuesday, meteorologist Mohammad Riaz told AFP.

An AFP journalist in Mirpur said the tremor was “like an underground wave.”

In the Pakistani city of Kashmir, an AFP team said residents rushed to the street in panic.

Some residents recite the Koran in the street, while patients, some in wheelchairs or on a mobile family, were placed on a sidewalk.

“I was shopping when the earthquake struck. I had left my daughter in another shop and I rushed to her,” said Sakina Bibi. “She has been disconnected with her for a short time.”

“The earthquake was so strong that I thought all the buildings would collapse. But when I went down the stairs, everything was intact,” said Saghir Ahmed.

An earthquake measuring 5.2 on Tuesday killed 38 people and wounded hundreds in Pakistan, especially in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Pakistan lies on the border between the tectonic plates of India and Eurasia and is therefore prone to earthquakes.

More than 73,000 people were killed and some 3.5 million others lost their homes after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake on October 8, 2005, on the border between Kashmir and neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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