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No casualties as 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolts parts of K-P

The Express Tribune 2019-10-09 18:41:56

Epicen­tre of the quake was in the Hindu Kush region in Afghan­istan

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake jolted parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) on Wednesday but no loss of lives or property damage was reported.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the epicentre of the quake, which occurred at around 4pm at a depth of 180kilometres, was in the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan.

Tremors were felt in Peshawar, Swabi, Chitral, Swat, Mardan, Abbottabad, Nowshera, Charsadda and other nearby cities.

This is the latest in a continuing series of seismic activity since a powerful earthquake on September 24 rattled Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and several cities of Punjab and K-P.

Over 40 people were killed and hundreds injured as the earthquake caused extensive damage to public infrastructure and property.

Seismic activity has continued in the area since then and one person was killed this past Sunday after a 3.8-magnitude tremor was recorded in the earthquake-affected Mirpur district.

Aftershocks were reported at 5am and then 10am on Sunday morning, and the first one caused the collapse of a residential building in the Khaliqabad area of Mirpur.


Three people were trapped in the rubble, all of whom were rescued and admitted to a hospital for treatment. One of the three, however, was critically injured and later passed away.