Children are reported to have been among the dead after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake collapsed houses in Harnai and Shahrag, Pakistan, while victims slept there
At least 15 people, including children, are dead after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake flattened houses and sent frightened residents onto the streets.
Residents shared photos of damage to their homes, including cracks in walls, after the quake hit just after 3 a.m. local time about eight miles from Harnai, Pakistan, on Thursday.
The quake destroyed several homes in Harnai and Shahrag, and several people are believed to be buried under collapsed buildings, a regional official told HUM News.
When rescuers searched the rubble of the houses, at least 15 people were killed and dozens of injured survivors were taken to hospitals for treatment, according to a civil protection agency.
Photos showed local residents gathering in dark streets after escaping their homes during the quake.
The power supplies failed in several places.
A regional official told local media that a number of houses had been destroyed, including several whose roofs were shaken by the earthquake.
Government buildings were also damaged, he said.
Twitter users who live in the area reported waking up in their homes trembling and scared.
One man wrote: “The earthquake was so big I felt like a ghost was shaking my bed.”
He added, “I’m scared and can’t sleep anymore and I’m already sick.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “We felt a strong earthquake here in Quetta around 3am. Obtain reports on the adjacent areas.
“We are safe. I hope everyone is safe.”