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6.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Islamabad

6.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Islamabad

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter Scale hit Islamabad, Pakistan, on Sunday, the National Center for Seismology said.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the depth of the earthquake was measured at 150 km with the epicenter being Tajikistan.

It occurred around 12:54 p.m. and had a longitude of 69.65 East and a latitude of 38.65 North.

However, the US Geological Survey said the earthquake’s magnitude was 4.4 with a depth of 32.4 km.

The European-Mediterranian Seismological Centre, an independent tracker of earthquakes through crowdsourced information, also reported that an earthquake of magnitude 4.1 took place near Attock.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. The shakes were described by some journalists on Twitter as “very strong”.

A journalist based in the capital city took to Twitter, saying that he “felt a very strong tremor in Islamabad. I hope everyone is safe”.

On Jan. 5, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake jolted parts of the country, according to the PMD.

The PMD’s National Seismic Monitoring Centre had said the earthquake struck at 7:25 p.m. in the Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan at a depth of 173km. It had a longitude of 70.60 East and a latitude of 36.53 North.

Radio Pakistan reported that there were no immediate reports of casualties. The tremor was felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and other areas of the country.

On Jan. 19, tremors were felt in Islamabad and different parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa after a magnitude 5.6 earthquake jolted the region.

The earthquake was felt in Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Shabqadar, Swat, Kohat, Swabi, Lower Dir, Bannu, Charsadda and other areas, The Express Tribune reported.

No casualties or loss of property was reported due to the tremors.

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