A shallow tremor yesterday sent terrified residents of northeastern Pakistan onto the streets, days after a powerful quake killed 38 people and caused widespread damage in the area.
At least 53 individuals suffered minor injuries in Mirpur, Jhelum of Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
The tremor stretched already-frayed nerves in Mirpur, in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, as fears of aftershocks from Tuesday’s quake sent hundreds into the streets and put local hospitals on alert.
The US Geological Survey put the quake at 4.7 magnitude and 10 kilometres (six miles) deep, adding that it had struck just four kilometres outside of Mirpur.
City residents huddled in streets following the quake, some still barefoot, while others recited verses from the Koran.
“It’s hell. I am running to save my life,” Mohammad Bilal told AFP moments after the tremor.
“I thought most of the building would have tumbled down,” said Sagheer Ahmad. “Allah is very kind to us.”
Dozens of patients were evacuated from the main government hospital in Mirpur, some in wheelchairs or on stretchers.
Dr Farooq Noor, the medical superintendent at the hospital, told AFP that 93 people were brought in after the tremor.
Most were swiftly discharged with minor wounds or shock, but some with head injuries and broken limbs were admitted, he added.
The city’s hospitals were already packed with hundreds injured by the quake earlier in the week.