Pakistan

Earthquake tremors felt in Karachi’s outskirts

KARACHI: Earthquake tremors were felt in the outskirts area of the metropolis on Thursday noon, ARY News reported.

According to ARY News correspondent, tremors were felt in areas near coastal belt of Ibrahim Hyderi. People rushed out of their homes in panic, however no major loss was reported.

The tremors were felt between 2pm and 2.15pm.

Karachi is on an active fault line where the Indian, Eurasian and Arabian tectonic plates meet and is hence prone to seismic disturbances.  In the past century or so, it has experienced several earthquakes, though in most cases the epicentre has usually been elsewhere, usually in Balochistan.

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On Nov 23, earthquake tremors were felt in 35 cities of the country. The jolts were felt across several cities including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Muzaffarabad, Murree, Sargodha, Okara, Peshawar, Malakand, Sheikhupura, Lower Dir and Kalabagh.

Besides, a powerful earthquake of 7.5 magnitude had struck major cities of Pakistan on October 26, leaving at least 276 people dead and injuring over 1300 people. The quake was also felt in the neighbouring countries of the region.

The earthquake struck almost exactly six months after Nepal suffered its worst quake on record, on April 25. Including the toll from a major aftershock in May, 9,000 people lost their lives and 900,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.

It may be noted here that the Kashmir quake of 2005 registered 7.6 on the Richter scale and was 15 kms deep.

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