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Strong earthquake jolts Islamabad, northern Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit northern areas of Pakistan including capital city Islamabad on Friday, ARY News reported.

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According to initial details, strong tremors jolted Islamabad, Mansehra, Rawalpindi, Murree, Sawat, Malakand, Shangla Hill, Batgaram and adjoining areas on the night between Thursday and Friday.

The tremors forced terrified people to come out of their houses in the middle of the night and recite kalma.

The duration of the quake was around three to five seconds and its epicenter was about 92 Kilometers in north of Islamabad at a depth of 32 Kilometers.

The Met Department also reported tremors in different areas of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province.

-Contradictory Claim-

However the US Geological Survey measured the quake 5.4 on the Richter scale and maintained that the epicentre was 100 kilometers north-north east of Islamabad at a depth of 24.2 km.

Updates to follow

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