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    Pakistan quake claims 18,000 lives

    Hürriyet Haber
    09.10.2005 - 12:05 | Son Güncelleme:

    The death toll continues to rise in Pakistan, following what is believed to have been the biggest earthquake in the last 100 years. An estimated 18,000 people have been killed by the 7.6 magnitude quake and over 30,000 are injured, officials have announced. Serious landfalls and fires have caused extreme damage in the surrounding regions. The quake occurred at 08:50 a.m. local time Saturday and was felt in neighbouring countries India and Afghanistan – New Delhi and Kabul were among the cities to feel it.

    Some 250 girls were killed when a dormitory building collapsed. In Kashmir, a military barrack also collapsed, killing 200 soldiers. Pakistani Minister of Transport Tarik Faruk has confirmed that there are 30,000 casualties in the Kashmir region. “Many a village and town have been completely destroyed,” said Faruk. The question is now being asked as to whether there is a link between earthquakes and solar eclipses – the world witnessed a partial eclipse only five days ago. The Marmara quake that caused substantial damage in Turkey and claimed over 40,000 lives was also preceded by a solar eclipse only six days prior.
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