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7.5 Magnitude Quake Hits Pakistan and Afghanistan

Roads and buildings destroyed by the earthquake in Swat, Pakistan. Photograph: ppiimages/Demotix/Corbis

Roads and buildings destroyed by the earthquake in Swat, Pakistan. Photograph: ppiimages/Demotix/Corbis

At least more 311 were killed in a 7.5 magnitude earthquake which hit North-East of Afghanistan.

However since it is a deep-focus eartquake, as the earthquake originated more than 200km (125 miles) below the earth’s surface, the damage is less than that which a similarly powerful but shallow tremor might cause, reported BBC News.

It was centered in the Hindu Kush region, 76km (45 miles) south of Faizabad and caused a landslide afterwards.

The death toll was mostly from Pakistan where 228 people were reportedly killed and more than 1,000 others were injured.

The authorities are expecting more causalities as damage in remote villages is discovered.

Foreign Ambassadors Killed In Pakistan Helicopter Crash

One MI-17 helicopter out of 3 carrying visitors had a crash landing at Naltar, Pakistan on May 8, 2015. 11 foreigners and 6 Pakistani passengers were on board. 3rd MI-17 crash landed, as per initial information,  all passengers and crew survived. Three passengers received injuries. (Ispr/Pacific Press/ZUMAPRESS.com)

One MI-17 helicopter out of 3 carrying visitors had a crash landing at Naltar, Pakistan on May 8, 2015. 11 foreigners and 6 Pakistani passengers were on board. 3rd MI-17 crash landed, as per initial information, all passengers and crew survived. Three passengers received injuries. (Ispr/Pacific Press/ZUMAPRESS.com)

A Pakistan military helicopter carrying diplomats crashed on Friday, killing seven people including the Norwegian Ambassador Leif H. Larsen, Philippine Ambassador Domingo D. Lucenario, the wife of the Malaysian Ambassador Datin Habibah Mahmud and the wife of Indonesian Ambassadors Heri Listyawati Burhan Muhammad, along with two pilots and a crew member.

Malaysian Ambassador Datuk Dr. Hasrul Sani Mujtabar and Indonesian Ambassador Burhan Muhammad were among the injured.

Military spokesman Asim Bajwa said that ambassadors of Poland and the Netherlands were also injured.

According to the Romanian Foreign Ministry, their ambassador is still alive and uninjured.

The South African, Lebanon and Romanian ambassadors were also on board according to a flight list obtained by Reuters.

Smoke rises from a fire at the site of a helicopter crash that killed the ambassadors to Pakistan from the Philippines and Norway and the wives of the ambassadors from Malaysia and Indonesia in Gilgit, Pakistan, Friday, May 8, 2015. The diplomats and diplomatic sposes were among seven people killed Friday when a Pakistani army helicopter carrying foreign dignitaries crash landed in the country's north. (Maha Mussadaq/The Express Tribune via AP)

Smoke rises from a fire at the site of a helicopter crash that killed the ambassadors to Pakistan from the Philippines and Norway and the wives of the ambassadors from Malaysia and Indonesia in Gilgit, Pakistan, Friday, May 8, 2015. The diplomats and diplomatic sposes were among seven people killed Friday when a Pakistani army helicopter carrying foreign dignitaries crash landed in the country’s north. (Maha Mussadaq/The Express Tribune via AP)

 

Karachi Airport Attack Killed 18

Fire illuminates the sky above Karachi airport terminal where security forces are fighting with attackers Sunday night, June 8, 2014, in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Fire illuminates the sky above Karachi airport terminal where security forces are fighting with attackers Sunday night, June 8, 2014, in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Ten gunmen disguised as police guards attacked a terminal at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan with machine guns and a rocket launcher during a five-hour siege.

Rizwan Akhtar, the paramilitary Rangers chief, says all of the ten gunmen have been killed.

The Jinnah International Airport is Pakistan’s busiest airport.

The attack that began late Sunday and ended before dawn on Monday killed at least 18 people.

During the incident, heavy gunfire and multiple explosions could be heard coming from the terminal, used for VIP flights and cargo.

A major fire rose from the airport, illuminating the night sky in an orange glow.

The spokesman for the Pakistani military, Gen. Asim Bajwa, said on Twitter that no aircraft were damaged.

All incoming flights were diverted and all flights operations were suspended.

Local news channels reported Monday morning that authorities were still searching the airport buildings and intermittent firing was still being heard.

The airport operations would be returned to the Civil Aviation Authority later Monday.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

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A Magnitude 7.7 Paskistan Earthquake Killed 327, Created An Island

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Baluchistan on Tuesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey said, the quake, with a depth of about nine miles (about 15 kilometers), struck 43 miles (69 kilometers) northeast of Awaran and 71 miles (114 kilometers) northwest of Bela.

It destroyed houses and cut communications with the worst affected district of Awaran.

The earthquake was so powerful that it caused a small island to emerge from the Arabian Sea, just off the Pakistani coast.

Pakistani officials said that the earth moved with enough force to create a small island visible off the southern coast after the huge tremor. 

By Wednesday, at least 327  were reported killed in the strong earthquake.

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