Moderate 5.4 quake hits northern Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: A moderate 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck the far northern region of Pakistan early Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake's epicentre, at a depth of 35 kilometres, was recorded some 119 kilometres from Mingaora in the northern Swat District and 130 kilometres from Gilgit in Kashmir.

The quake struck near the border between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and India's Jammu and Kashmir state around 1:30 am local time.

Pakistan was hit by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake on October 8, 2005 that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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