Strong earthquake jolts parts of K-P

The epicenter of the quake was near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border


Web Desk March 21, 2015

An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale jolted parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa late on Saturday evening.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the earthquake was 23km south of Ashkasham, Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan. It was reported to have taken place at a depth of 99.6km.

The tremblor shook Peshawar, Malakand, Swat, Mansehra, Dir, Chitral, and was felt as far as Haripur. However, there were no immediate reports of any damage to human lives or property.

The epicenter of the quake lies near a fault line. Seismicity in the Himalaya mostly results from the continental collision of the India and Eurasia plates, which are converging at a relative rate of 40-50 mm per year.

Northward under thrusting of India beneath Eurasia generates numerous earthquakes and consequently makes this area one of the most seismically hazardous regions on Earth.

There are no immediate reports of damage to property or loss of life.

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