Pakistan

5.8 magnitude earthquake rocks northern Punjab and KPK

PAKISTAN: A 5.8 magnitude earthquake, whose epicenter was the Hindukush mountains, jolted the northern cities of Punjab and KPK.

The twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Murree, Chiniot, Minawali, Charsadda, Shangla, Kohat as well as other cities of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa experienced an earthquake on Saturday afternoon.

Panic-stricken residents rushed out of their homes to the safety of the open area. So far, no reports of casualties or damage to property have been reported.

According to DG Met representative Ghulam Rasool, the earthquake was measured at 5.8 magnitude whereas the epicenter of the quake was the Hindukush mountains. The depth of the earthquake was also measured at 175 kilometers.

DG Met also warned that plates were in movement hence more earthquakes were expected. As a result, Punjab would be more affected. According to the director of Seismology, during the past two-three months, huge aftershocks have occurred.

He also revealed that on a daily basis, small earthquakes were recorded in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. During the past few months, as many as thirty earthquakes have occurred in the areas of the above mentioned countries.

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