A powerful earthquake struck Afghanistan and Pakistan today, causing widespread damage and leaving dozens of people dead or injured. The magnitude 6.4 quake hit the Hindu Kush region at around noon local time, and its tremors were felt as far away as India, Iran, and Turkmenistan.
Earthquake Causes Chaos and Devastation
The earthquake triggered panic and chaos in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, where buildings shook and people rushed to the streets. Many residents reported that the quake lasted for several minutes and that they felt aftershocks afterwards. In Pakistan, the quake caused a lot of damage in the northern region, particularly in the cities of Peshawar and Islamabad.
What to Do in Case of Earthquake?
If you live in an earthquake-prone region, it is important to know how to prepare and respond to earthquakes. Here are some tips that could save your life:
- Be aware of earthquake risks and hazards in your area, and have a plan in place for how you will evacuate or take shelter if an earthquake strikes.
- Secure your home and workplace by fastening shelves, cabinets, and other furniture to walls, and securing heavy appliances and equipment.
- Create a disaster kit that includes essential supplies such as water, food, first aid, and communication tools.
- During an earthquake, drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, and hold on until the shaking stops. Do not try to run or exit a building during the quake.
- After an earthquake, check yourself and others for injuries, and be prepared for aftershocks. Avoid using elevators and stairs, and follow emergency protocols for evacuation or sheltering in place.