5.2-magnitude quake jolts parts of KP; no losses reported

Published October 9, 2019
The epicentre of the quake was in the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan at a depth of 180km. — Reuters/File
The epicentre of the quake was in the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan at a depth of 180km. — Reuters/File

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake shook parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday afternoon, sending people out of buildings and on to the streets.

The epicentre of the quake was in the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan, according to data released by the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

The 5.2-magnitude trembler struck at 3:44pm and was at a depth of 180 kilometres, the PMD said.

The tremors were felt in parts of Malakand division including Swat, Dir and other upper districts and in Hazara division, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Peshawar, Charsadda, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera and other cities.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority said it is in touch with the administrations of KP's upper districts however no losses of life or property have so far been reported.

The tremors come as people remain on edge two weeks after a powerful 5.6-magnitude earthquake rocked several cities and northern parts of the country, including in KP, leaving at least 38 people dead, over 500 injured and thousands of houses and road infrastructure damaged. Following the quake, at least 67 individuals were injured after shallow tremors struck Mirpur city of Azad Kashmir.

The quake has struck a day after the 14th anniversary of the devastating October 8, 2005, earthquake that struck the northern regions of the country, killing thousands of people.

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