Companies in Islamabad, especially those in high-rise buildings, have vacated their offices for through inspections after 8.1 magnitude jolted the country earlier today. Ufone, Mobilink, Zong and Telenor sent their employees back to home for safety reasons.
Mobile phone companies have asked their employees to stay alerted from their homes for any advisory, which may include extended work-from-home calls as complete inspection of offices for any damages may take longer than a day.
Earthquake, that was felt as far as in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and in parts of Iran, was recorded at 8.1 magnitude on Richter Scale. At least six deaths are reported in KPK, 8 in Bajaur, 7 in Sawat, at least six in Northern Areas and hundreds of individuals were injured mainly due to collapsed buildings. More casualties are expected as reports from northern areas are emerging.
Officials of telecom companies said that they are asked to stay at homes as after shocks are feared with-in next 24 hours. Moreover, complete building check-up is scheduled to make sure that high-rise buildings are safe and perfectly okay before employees are sent back in the offices.
It maybe recalled that offices in Islamabad during a similar-scale earthquake in 2005 had caused work-closure for offices for over a week.