Nature's Fury

Uri is a market town in a Kashmiri valley of preternatural beauty which, for half a century, has been on the front line of one of the world's most dangerous conflicts. On Saturday, nature turned on Uri, too. Around 9 a.m., an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale—the strongest in Pakistan since 1935—struck just west of the Line of Control, along which India and Pakistan have fought two wars and countless skirmishes. The quake, centered 95 km north of Islamabad and felt as far away as Kabul and New Delhi, struck fear into a battle-hardened population. "I'm 86," says Gul...

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