Earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude jolts Lahore, Islamabad, KP, Punjab
Another earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude jolted Islamabad, Faisalabad, Dir, Chitral, Hingo, Swat, Abbottabad and Lahore as well as other cities on Wednesday afternoon.
An earthquake of 5.5 magnitude on Richter scale hit northern parts of Pakistan including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Fata and Islamabad earlier on Wednesday morning.
This is the third time during the day that people have felt these tremors during the same day. People in malls, offices, and houses across the above mentioned cities have come out into the open spaces.
Tracking the number of earthquakes this year in Pakistan…
According to Earthquake Track, 15 earthquakes have occurred in the past 30 days and 117 earthquakes in the past 365 days, as far as Pakistan is concerned.
On January 31, an earthquake jolted Afghanistan, with tremors felt in neighbouring Pakistan.
On April 4, a low-intensity earthquake jolted different parts of Loralai district, Balochistan.
On April 21 this year, Lahore and surrounding areas experienced a low-intensity earthquake. Tremors were felt in Lahore, Mureedke, Shahdara and Nankana Sahib.
Jolts felt in KP, Punjab, FATA, Islamabad earlier morning
The jolted areas from the earlier earthquake include Peshawar, Swat, Dir, North Waziristan, Nowshera, Malakand, Mardan, Khyber Agency, Kurram Agency, Bannu, Kohat, Dera Ismail Khan, Abbottabad, Attock and Hangu, Charsadda and other areas abutting Pak-Afghan border.
Earthquake was also felt in Punjab areas including Mianwali, Bhakkar, Chiniot, Sargodha, Pind Dadan Khan and Toba Tek Singh.
The epicenter was located near Bannu in KP, said a spokesman of Pakistan Meteorological Department while talking to Radio Pakistan.
Its depth was recorded at 10 kilometer, he said.
The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 5.1.
Officials say people fled their offices and homes in panic and were reciting verses from Islam’s holy book. Teachers and schoolchildren also came out of classes.
On December 25, 2015, 6.3 magnitude Hindu Kush tremors killed a woman in Pakistan and wounded at least 100 people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
On October 8, 2005, the most ravaging 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan in its Upper Areas where over 80,000 people lost their lives. The quake left over 200,000 people wounded and 250,000 homeless.