Moderate earthquake jolts Pakistan

20:41, June 04, 2010      

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A moderate earthquake jolted Pakistan on Friday but there was no report of injuries or damage, the country's meteorological department said.

A Pakistani official said the quake measuring 5.3 magnitude on the Richter scale shook the capital Islamabad and most parts of northwestern Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and eastern Punjab province.

State television reported that two tremors were felt in the country and the first tremor was of 5.1 magnitude on the Richter scale.

The epicenter was on the Afghan side of the Hindu Kush mountain range, a Pakistan's meteorologist said.

People in Islamabad and other parts of the country left houses and offices in panic.

The tremors were also felt in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and most parts of the province including Swat valley.

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake on Oct. 8, 2005 killed more than 73, 000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan- controlled Kashmir and parts of the country's North West Frontier Province.

Source: Xinhua


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