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Quake Hits Pakistan, Killing Seven

November 3, 2002

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) _ A moderate earthquake jolted northern Pakistan on Sunday, killing seven people and injuring 30, many of them critically, state-run media reported.

The magnitude-4.5 quake hit near Gilgit, about 125 miles north of Islamabad, said Chaudhry Mehmood Arif, an official in the Seismic Center in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Arif said the tremor was an aftershock from quakes Saturday that shook the town of Skardu, 75 miles southeast of Gilgit.

According to The Associated Press of Pakistan, the tremors also damaged a portion of the northern highway that runs the length of Pakistan to China in the north.

Several tremors have rumbled through northern Pakistan over the past 24 hours, shaking the foundations of fragile mud homes that cling to mountainsides.

The dead and injured were believed to have been buried in the rubble of destroyed homes, the APP said.

It was difficult to assess the full extent of the damage because the region is so remote.

Emergency personnel have been sent to the sparsely populated area to try to provide temporary shelter for those whose homes have been destroyed, the government-run news agency said.

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