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Posted: 10/8/2005 4:47:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2005 4:47:34 AM EDT by gks452]
You heard it here first. GWB and his minions at Haliburton have created an earthquake machine. Time to break out the tin foil hats boys and girls.

Huge quake kills at least 175 in Indian Kashmir: official

SRINAGAR, India (AFP) - A powerful earthquake measuring at least 7.6 on the Richter scale killed at least 175 people across India's Jammu and     Kashmir, the state's top civil servant told AFP.

"The devastating earthquake has left 157 people (civilians) dead all across Jammu and Kashmir," state government chief secretary Vijay Bakya told AFP, adding that 18 soldiers had also perished.

He warned that the final toll could be much higher as reports came in from isolated areas.

Police and army officials reported at least 300 people wounded in the quake, which had its epicentre across the de facto border in Pakistan where more than 1,000 were feared dead.

"Fifteen of the soldiers died along the Line of Control (LoC)," army spokesman P Sehgal told AFP, referring to the dividing line Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

He said some of the army's forward posts caved in, while others were hit by falling trees and landslides. "There can be more casualties," he added.

Thousands of army soldiers man the LoC to prevent Muslim rebels from entering Indian Kashmir from the Pakistani zone of the divided state.

One soldier also died under rubble at a camp in southern Poonch district, the army said.

One of the civilian victims was an eight-month old Muslim boy who was buried when a wall of a house collapsed in Srinagar, residents said.

Doctors at Srinagar's main hospital said more than 200 people were admitted with injuries and shock after the quake rattled the revolt-hit region.

The army spokesman said more than 100 people were being treated at an army hospital in northern Uri town alone.

An AFP photographer saw some half-a-dozen houses damaged by the tremors in northern Baramulla town where ambulances were ferrying the injured to hospital.

In Sopore town, also in the north of Kashmir, at least a dozen injured people were treated in hospital, another AFP photographer reported. Some said they had been hurt jumping out of their homes.

Police reported more than 100 houses and buildings were damaged in the initial jolt, and roads to northern border areas were blocked by landslides triggered by the tremors.

People in multi-storey buildings were evacuated as a series of aftershocks hit the capital city and other parts of the state.

Link Posted: 10/8/2005 5:12:17 AM EDT
I think you posted this in the wrong forum.  This is the right(or the left) one.


Just kidding.  Move on. Nothing to see here.
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