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One dead, 50 injured in 5.8 magnitude Pakistan quake

An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 shook northern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring 50, government officials said.

The quake struck 14 miles (23 km) north of Jhelum, Pakistan, at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

"The (most) damage is in areas between and Mirpur," said the chief of Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority, Lieutenant General Mohammad Afzal. "So far we have reports of the death of a girl child and injuries to nearly 50 people."

Jhelum is located in northeastern Pakistan roughly 120 km southeast of Islamabad. Mirpur is on Pakistan's side of the disputed territory of Kashmir.

The District Deputy Commissioner for the town of Mirpur, Raja Qaisar, confirmed a single fatality to television channel Geo TV.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, a spokesman for the Pakistan Armed Forces, tweeted that army troops with aviation and medical support teams were dispatched.

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