New Delhi: of Pakistan Khyber PakhtunkhwaA ‘moderate’ earthquake of magnitude 5.3 struck several parts of the state including Gilgit and Islamabad on Saturday. Pakistan’s National Seismological Monitoring Center (NSMC) confirmed the quake and reported that the magnitude of the quake was 5.3 on the Richter scale. Tremors were felt in Swat, Peshawar, Lower Dir, Swabi, Nowshera, Islamabad and other cities, forcing people to flee their homes in panic. The monitoring center said the depth of the quake was 180 km and the epicenter was in the Afghan-Tajik border.
Earlier on December 24, a magnitude of 4.2 in Swat and other areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Earthquake had come. According to the monitoring centre, the depth of the earthquake was 226 km and the epicenter was in the Hindu Kush mountain range. All cities from Karachi to Islamabad, Quetta to Peshawar, Makran to Abbottabad and Gilgit to Chitral are affected by the earthquake, with Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan being the most vulnerable areas. Pakistan is the fifth most earthquake prone country in the world.
A moderate-intensity earthquake struck India’s Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, although no casualties or damage to property have been reported from anywhere. An official of the Disaster Management Department said, “A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale has been recorded at 6.45 pm today (Saturday).
He said that the coordinates of the earthquake are 36.55 degree north latitude and 71.20 degree east longitude. The epicenter of the quake was located 216 km deep inside the earth in the Afghanistan-Tajikistan region, the official said. Tremors of the earthquake were felt at some places in the valley.