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South Asian Earthquake

Yesterday I read an article named “Deadly 7.5-Magnitude Earthquake Jolts South Asia” published by GlobalVoices.org on October 26, 2015.  It was about a powerful earthquake that hit Afghanistan, Pakistan, and a bit of India.  It hit hardest in the Hindu Kush region with a magnitude of 7.5, which is classified as a major earthquake.  The death toll in Pakistan has passed 200 with over a thousand injured.  At least 33 people have died in Afghanistan.  Afterwards, the telephone, mobile, and Internet services came to a standstill because of the thousands of people calling their family and friends.  The article showed some tweets pertaining to the earthquake which were mainly people either posting pictures of what to do during an earthquake or people praying for the affected people and telling everyone that they are safe.  Google opened up its Person Finder services to Afghanistan and Pakistan following the quake.  Facebook also introduced a feature to mark yourself safe, so that you can easily inform your friends and family that you are okay.  The Indian Prime Minister and the Afghan President even expressed their condolences on social media.   

Global Voices · Deadly 7.5-Magnitude Earthquake Jolts South Asia
https://globalvoices.org/2015/10/26/deadly-7-5-magnitude-earthquake-jolts-south-asia/

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