6.2 magnitude earthquake rocks several cities across Pakistan

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LAHORE: A 6.2 magnitude earthquake jolted several cities across Pakistan, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab, on Wednesday.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the quake’s epicenter was in the Hindu Kush range along the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region.

The tremors came hours after a 5.5-magnitude earthquake jolted parts of KP early Wednesday morning, spreading fear among residents.

The PMD confirmed the first quake’s epicenter to be Bannu district at a depth of 12 kilometres. Tremors were felt across Peshawar, Bannu and Dir and some parts of Punjab.

The locals said that 15 school children were injured at Government Primary School, Parmoli and two students were injured at Government High School, Yar Hussain.

The tremor also caused a stampede at Bannu’s Government Model School near Tankhi Bazaar, causing minor injuries to 11 students. The panic-stricken children rushed out of the three-story building with taking to the stairs while few jumped out from second, third floor. The injured have been moved to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ).

Earlier in April, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake jolted many towns of KP. The epicenter of the quake was at the depth of 200 kilometres in Hindu Kush mountain area of Afghanistan.

Tremors were also felt in Chitral, Batkhela, Bunir, Swat, Shangla, Malakand, Dir and Swabi districts among other areas of the province. No loss of life or property has been reported after the earthquake.

Credits: CSEM

EARTHQUAKE INFO:  

Pakistan has had (M1.5 or greater):
– 2 earthquakes in the past 24 hours,
– 6 earthquakes in the past 7 days,
– 15 earthquakes in the past 30 days,
– 117 earthquakes in the past 365 days.

THE LARGEST EARTHQUAKES IN PAKISTAN: 

– Today: 5.1 in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
– This Week: 5.1 in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
– This Month: 5.2 in Ashkāsham, Badakhshan (Afghanistan)
– This Year: 6.1 in Jurm, Badakhshan (Afghanistan).