At least 19 people have been killed and another 300 injured in Azad Jammu and Kashmir after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit near the city of New Mirpur on Tuesday, September 24. The quake struck at approximately 16:01 (local time) at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). Emergency responders have been deployed to the area and recovery efforts are ongoing as of Tuesday evening. Some roads and other infrastructure were severely damaged by the quake and associated transportation disruptions are possible.
Additional aftershocks are possible in the region over the coming hours and days. Transportation and business disruptions are to be expected in affected areas.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to monitor developments, prepare for aftershocks, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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