Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Feeling The Earth Tremble In Karachi

By Waleed Tariq
Junior Reporter
Youth Journalism International
KARACHI, Pakistan – An intense earthquake shook parts of Pakistan early Wednesday.
The cities of Karachi, Lahore and Quetta and parts of the interior province of Sindh were jolted by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake at 1:23 a.m.

However, the epicenter of the quake proved to be in the less populated, mountainous district of Kharan in the province of Baluchistan.
When the quake struck, I was watching television with my father and I felt the strong tremors. My sofa was just shaking. I was scared, but did not panic.

According to news reports here, buildings in Karachi show signs of cracks.

There’s been no initial word of fatalities reported, but local television news showed panicked people residing in at least 70 houses surrounding a jeopardized building come out of their homes, confused as to what to do.

Following the immense tremors, the city government in Karachi put its entire staff on alert along with their machinery, to respond if needed.

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