6.4 quake jolts North Pakistan


By Ajmal Khan Yousafzai
ISLAMABAD: A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 jolted many parts of Pakistan on Friday that has shaken Islamabad, Peshawar, Swat and its suburban areas, media reported.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that the magnitude of the earthquake was recorded at 6.4 at Richter Scale, its depth was 200 kilometres inside land and epicentre was Hindu Kush region and Afghanistan.
Islamabad, Peshawar, Swat, LakkiMarwat, Battagram, Kotli – Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK), Mirpur AJK, Shangla, Lower and Upper Dir, PindDadan Khan, Wana, Gilgit, Lahore, Malakand, Chitral, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Shahkot, Charsadda, Hangu, Mardan, RenalaKhurd, Daska, Nankana Sahib, Pasrur and various other suburban parts.
Earlier on December 7, earthquake tremors were reported in some parts of Sindh along with adjoining areas.
First reports of the tremors came from district Dadu in Sindh along with its adjoining areas. People in the vicinity came out of their residencies, marketplaces reciting religious scripture and the Holy Quran verses. The Met Department had measured the ferocity of the tremor at 4.5 on the Richter scale.
The depth for the earthquake has been revealed to be 16 kilometres with its epicentre calculated 45 kilometres south-west from Dadu. No loss of life or property were reported in the quake-hit areas.
Agencies add: A strong earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale jolted parts of Pakistan including Peshawar, Islamabad and Lahore. People came out of their homes in panic and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran. No loss of life and property was reported from any area of the country due to earthquake.
According to details, tremors were felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sargodha, Kasur, Peshawar, Malakand, North Waziristan on other cities of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to National Seismic Monitoring Centre, the epicenter of the quake was located in the Hindu Kush range and Afghanistan at the depth of 200 kilometres.