Earthquake jolts different parts of the country


An earthquake has jolted different parts of the country on Thursday (today). The areas that were hit by the earthquake were Lahore, Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

According to American Geological Survey, the magnitude recorded on the Richter scale was 5.1. The epicentre was the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, with a focal depth of 200kms.

No casualties has been reported yet.

Tremors were also felt in Chitral, Malakand, Swat and other regions.

In 2015, a 7.2 earthquake jolted major cities of Pakistan, including the northern areas, leaving nearly 300 dead and around 3,000 injured due to building collapses, landslides, stampedes and other quake-related incidents.

Pakistan is located in the Indus-Tsangpo Suture Zone, which is roughly 200 km north of the Himalaya Front and is defined by an exposed ophiolite chain along its southern margin. This region has the highest rates of seismicity and largest earthquakes in the Himalaya region, caused mainly by movement on thrust faults.



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