5.8 magnitude quake jolts parts of country


ISLAMABAD: An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale jolted Islamabad, Rawalpindi and several cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the wee hours of Monday.

The tremor was felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Peshawar, Nowshera, Kohat, Swat, Chitral, Manshera, Dir Bala, North Waziristan, Kurrum Agency, Mohmand Agency, Batgram, Malakand and adjoining areas.

People came out of their homes in panic and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran. No loss of life and property was reported from any area of the country due to an earthquake.

According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre, Islamabad, the epicenter of the quake which struck on Monday was located in the Hindukush region of Afghanistan at the depth of 157 kilometers.