8th Oct 2005 – The day when thousands of people lost their lives in an earthquake
It has been 14 years since the earth shook Pakistan and took many lives. President and Prime Minister of Pakistan pays tribute to martyrs of the catastrophic earthquake of 2005. ‘National Resilience Day’ in Azad Kashmir has also been observed today.
According to Radio Pakistan’s report, President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that the observance of ‘National Resilience Day’ is an occasion to evaluate and reiterate commitment at making greater preparedness to face natural calamities and by showing resolve for disaster risk reduction.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he would like to express his deepest condolences to the families of victims who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate earthquake.
What happened on 8th October, 2005?
On October 8, 2005, at 8:50 a.m. local time, a magnitude Mw = 7.6 earthquake struck the Himalayan region of northern Pakistan and Kashmir. The earthquake epicenter was located approximately 9 km north northeast of the city of Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Pakistani-administered part of Kashmir, known as Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK).
According to the Pakistani government’s official death toll as of November 2005 stood at 87,350, although it is estimated that the death toll could reach over 100,000. Approximately 38,000 were injured and over 3.5 million rendered homeless.