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PESHAWAR: Strong earthquake jolts were felt in parts of Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Friday.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said the earthquake magnitude was 5.9, with its epicentre in the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region.

However, the United States Geological Survey reported the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.0 and traced its origin to the Jarm region in Afghanistan.

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Residents reported that tremors were felt in Peshawar, Malakand, Mansehra, Haripur and Abbottabad.

Fear and panic spread among citizens, who left their homes and workplaces and ran onto the streets.

No casualties have been reported as yet.

This is the third quake reported to hit the northern areas since 2016 began.

These areas are still reeling from a strong 7.5 magnitude quake which struck in Oct 2015, killing over 300 people in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Shangla, Chitral, Swat and Dir were among the worst-hit places in the region.

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Many houses in the quake-affected areas were reduced to rubble and survivors have had to spend winter sleeping in the open ─ or in tents.

On Dec 25, 2015, over 30 people were injured as a 6.2 magnitude earthquake was felt in parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

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.

Along the western margin of the Tibetan Plateau, in the vicinity of south-eastern Afghanistan and western Pakistan, the South Asian plate translates obliquely relative to the Eurasia plate, resulting in a complex fold-and-thrust belt known as the Sulaiman Range.

Faulting in this region includes strike-slip, reverse-slip and oblique-slip motion and often results in shallow, destructive earthquakes.

The PMD recorded about 851 seismic disturbances in 2015.

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Comments (17) Closed

Ahmed USA Jan 08, 2016 02:19pm

Prayers for everyone's safety...

PHILOSOPHER (from Japan) Jan 08, 2016 02:23pm

O God! save them all.

iliyas kashmiri Jan 08, 2016 02:30pm

Yes impact was strong here too, I am standing outside with other kashmiris in lal chowk Srinagar

Kabeela Khan Jan 08, 2016 02:31pm

Also felt it in Lahore

Sajid Jan 08, 2016 02:33pm

ya ya i also felt it in srinagar...

Zak Jan 08, 2016 02:40pm

Low intensity no damage, get on with your work guys, no need to panic

Satt Jan 08, 2016 02:43pm

Thank God India is on Indian plate no such effect on India.Sub-continent plate on which Pakistan is situated is quite unstable.

ahmad Jan 08, 2016 02:51pm

Strong earth quack in Lahore

Zeeshan Jan 08, 2016 02:52pm

This could be due to our bad deeds.

Ahmed USA Jan 08, 2016 02:59pm

@Zak ...thanks for the info bro...

Satt Jan 08, 2016 03:02pm

@Zeeshan Yes Pathankot few days back.

Gumby & pokey Jan 08, 2016 03:03pm

God is giving a message to stop fighting and make peace in world!

Farrukh Kiani Jan 08, 2016 03:30pm

ISB and Peshawer people are you all safe? May God save us all.

PakPower Jan 08, 2016 07:12pm

These minor earthquakes are way better because they release the pent up energy in tectonic plates. If this doesn't happen then the chances of a calamitous quake increase exponentially.

Abdullah Waqas Jan 08, 2016 08:18pm

Too frequent........and getting stronger day by day.........i ran out without shoes..

sid Jan 08, 2016 09:29pm

Time for people of the subcontinent to realise....GOD has his own ways to tell you to make peace.

gerry dcunha Jan 09, 2016 05:33pm

A wake-up call from the Almighty above to stop murdering innocent citizens for whatever motive