7.2 magnitude earthquake jolts northern Pakistan

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By Web Desk December 7, 2015 13:23

7.2 magnitude earthquake jolts northern Pakistan

According to details, the tremors were felt in the several cities including Islamabad, Shangla, Chitral, Peshawar, Gilgit, Haripur, Malakand division, Charsadda, Lower Dir, Chilas, Abbottabad and Swabi.

No casualties were reported so far. People came out of the house while reciting the Kalma.

Read more: 276 killed in Pakistan after massive quake hits region with epicentre in Afghanistan

Indian media reported that the tremors were felt in their parts of the country as well.

On October 26, a major earthquake struck the remote Afghan northeast and northern areas of Pakistan, killing more than 200 people and injuring hundreds and sending shock waves as far as New Delhi.

The quake was 213 km (132 miles) deep and centered 254 km (158 miles) northeast of Kabul in Badakhshan province. The U.S. Geological Survey initially measured the magnitude at 7.7, then revised it down to 7.5.

In Pakistan, the head of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Disaster Management Agency, Amer Afaq said the death toll had reached 167, while military spokesman General Asim Bajwa said nearly 1,000 were injured.

Officials said most of the casualties had occurred in northern and northwestern regions bordering Afghanistan and the death toll was likely to rise.

In Pakistan, the northern area of Chitral, where 20 people were killed, was particularly hard hit.

AFP adds: A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the east of the Central Asian country of Tajikistan on Monday, US experts said.

The tremor hit at 7:50 GMT some 109 kilometers (67 miles) west of the town of Murghob at a depth of 28 kilometers, the US Geological Survey said.

The epicenter was located in a remote area some 345 kilometers east of the capital Dushanbe, it added.

An AFP reporter in Dushanbe said small tremors were felt in the city.

The quake was also felt in the capital of neighbouring Kyrgyzstan to the north, northern parts of Afghanistan to the south as well as nearby Pakistan and India, but no damage was immediately reported.

“I felt the windows moving and that only happens when there’s an earthquake. The room was swinging,” said Sara Seerat, a lawyer in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, where workers voluntarily evacuated office buildings.

Indian television showed residents in Delhi and Srinagar rushing into the streets.



Web Desk
By Web Desk December 7, 2015 13:23

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