Earthquake in Pakistan

My very own cousin, along with her family lives in Margala Towers, Islamabad. When the quake struck, she was lucky enough to reside in the building block that did not fall. On the seventh floor, she recalls how difficult it was just to cross from one room to the next due to the massive shaking of the whole building. “Everybody was screaming,” she says, “As we were running down, we were sure that we were going to die, all of us.”

The (American) National Earthquake Information Center put the quake at 7.6 magnitude, which it considers “major.” The Pakistani Meteorological Department put the magnitude at 7.5, and Japan’s Meteorological Agency put it at 7.8.

Whatever the magnitude at this point, but it is the biggest ever to hit this region. 1500 already dead. And the Pakistan Met dept is warning for aftershocks as big as 6 on the richter scale to keep striking for a couple of days. Earthquakes are inherently hard to predict, so a ‘couple of days’ is probably the best they can do. It doesnt help to calm the panic. And panic there is aplenty.

A series of aftershocks, including one of 6.3 magnitude and four more at 5.4 or above, rattled the region, creating new panic among residents. In Indian-controlled Kashmir, many people refused to return indoors out of fear of a new quake.

“This was the strongest earthquake in the area during the last hundred years,” Qamar Uz Zaman, director-general of the Pakistani Meteorological Department told CNN. This basically means this is the strongest earthquake EVER for all of us. Unless of course, you are pushing 110.

Amongst God’s wrath, it was somewhat comforting to see our own politicians moving fast to respond to this calamity. Interior Minister Sherpao was seen on Geo TV, overlooking the rescue operations at the collapsed Margalla Towers in Islamabad. At least 70 people are reportedly trapped in the rubble of the fallen apartment block in Islamanad.

Musharaf amongst the rubble
Trapped in the fallen Margalla Towers, Islamabad

But the earthquake is major. It has affected three countries; Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. In the holy month of Ramzan, surely this will be a testing time for everyone involved, directly or indirectly.

Wonder what ‘exactly’ is it that I can do to help. Armchair critic is all good and easy when compared to attempting at being an Armchair helper. God guide us all. Amen to that!

3 Comments so far

  1. Humna (unregistered) on October 9th, 2005 @ 6:59 am

    Salams. please click on the ads on this site to generate funds for the earthquake hit areas in Pakistan->

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  2. Samia (unregistered) on October 24th, 2005 @ 8:37 pm

    I think the earthquake was realy bad Ifeel sorry for all the people who have lost there beloveds. I realy want to help but there is nothing Ican do beacouse I am omly a kid. This year I have not brought new clothes for Eid becouse I feel sorry for the people there who wiil have no eid.
    I told my mum the mony she would have spen on my eid clothes and jelwery give it to the people in asia

  3. momekh (unregistered) on October 24th, 2005 @ 8:44 pm

    Samia, thats a very heartfelt gesture.

    People need your prayers. People need your support in ANY way that you can. Please note that this will not be over in the coming weeks.

    What would be REALLY great if you can arrange a monthly donation, or weekly, or whatever. The actual ‘amount’ is not as important as consistency…

    God help us all…

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