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Kashmir earthquake, 2005

On October 8th, 2005, people who lived in the Kashmir region of Pakistan and India woke up to find the floor quaking, their house lamps moving, and objects falling from the shelves. A devastating earthquake struck the region, which ultimately had a death toll of 86,000 people and left millions homeless.

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The magnitude 7.6 quake was the strongest to hit the region in over a century, and its effects were felt even in India and Afghanistan. While India and Pakistan opened five crossing points to facilitate humanitarian and medical aid, more than $5.4 billion in donations arrived from all around the world.

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