Earthquake jolts parts of K-P, Punjab

Published: January 8, 2016
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Residents of Peshawar city gather on streets in wake of major earthquake on October 26, 2015. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL / EXPRESS

Residents of Peshawar city gather on streets in wake of major earthquake on October 26, 2015. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL / EXPRESS

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake jolted parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Punjab on Friday, Express News reported.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the epicentre of the earthquake was the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region and its focal depth was recorded at 227 kilometres.

Spike in quakes: 851 seismic disturbances recorded in 2015

Tremors were felt in Rawalpindi, Swat, Abbotabad, Chiniot, Mianwali, Shangla, Haruipur, Islamabad, Peshawar, Muzaffarabad, Swabi, Skardu, Mansehra and Faisalabad.

Last Saturday, tremors were felt in Islamabad and parts of K-P. The epicentre of the quake was reported to be in the Hindu Kush range, with the earthquake measuring 5.8 on the richter scale.

Earthquake jolts Islamabad, parts of K-P

The tremors were felt across Chitral, Dir, Mianwali, Shangla, Malkand, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Islamabad. Following tremors, people rushed out of their homes and buildings amid panic.

The number of earthquakes in Pakistan has been rising steadily over the past five years. The Pakistan Meteorological Department recorded about 851 seismic disturbances in 2015.

October earthquake might have reactivated dormant fault lines: PMD

Pakistan comes in the South Asian region, which has three large mountain ranges at a junction of seismic fault lines. In the north is the stationary Eurasian tectonic plate. In the south is the moving Indian plate, which makes the zone more prone to earthquakes.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Fearless
    Jan 8, 2016 - 2:55PM

    Well it comes or not, we live or die, Nothing can change us…Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Jan 8, 2016 - 3:31PM

    Ya Allah we seek forgiveness from you and make our life safe and happy.Recommend

  • PakPower
    Jan 8, 2016 - 7:14PM

    These minor earthquakes are way better because they release the pent up energy in tectonic plates. If this doesn’t happen then the chances of a calamitous quake increase exponentially.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jan 8, 2016 - 7:56PM

    IMD said one quake of >8 is coming in Himalayas soon.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Jan 8, 2016 - 9:55PM

    @PakPower: Sometimes they also indicate the much greater pressure beneath them

    rising steadily towards the surface.Recommend

  • PakPower
    Jan 9, 2016 - 6:13AM

    @Timorlane:
    That’s the case when earthquakes of reasonably high intensity rupture the plates. Quakes in the 5-6 mags don’t do that.
    @Iqbal:
    The current active zone in that aspect is North India. So, Pakistan doesn’t need to worry about that. What we do need to worry about are the very high risk zones in AJK and Lower Sindh. The latter of which hasn’t seen any major activity in recent times.Recommend

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