Earthquake cracks glaciers in Gilgit Baltistan: officials

Gilgit: Gilgit: At least two ice beaks off glaciers have been reported in Gigit Baltistan following the devastating earthquake in Hindukash region, a senior official of GB Disaster Management Authority said on Tuesday.

“The powerful earthquake has caused two glaciers in Karakorum to smash into pieces while leaving many others in cracks in Hunza valley”, he said.

Officials have warned that if more ice breaks are occurred off the glaciers, they could lead to a flood-like situation in the valley.

The Disaster Management Authority Gilgit-Baltistan said the cracks in the glaciers can become dangerous in case of more aftershocks in the area.

The quake aftershocks could cause these glaciers to melt and the water they release may result in the formation of more lakes in the area, according to United Nations Development Program (UNDP).