Earthquake jolts northwestern Pakistan

January 4th, 2009 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Peshawar, Jan 4 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale jolted northwestern Pakistan Sunday morning, but there was no report of casualty or damage to property, according to a media report.The quake hit the North West Frontier Province bordering Afghanistan at around 12:50 a.m. with its epicentre lying in the Hindukush region, Pakistan’s Geo TV reported, citing a meteorological department official.

The quake was followed by several aftershocks, sparking panic among the people and forcing them to stay outdoors in the chilling cold conditions.

Besides the North West Frontier Province, the tremors were also felt in Punjab province and the northwestern Tribal regions.

People in Islamabad, Chitral, Lahore, FATA, the Kashmir region and Rawalpindi have also felt the tremor, the report said.

Three people were reportedly injured and admitted to a hospital in Peshawar, the report said.

Meanwhile, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that a powerful quake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit the Hindu Kush Region, some 225 km northeast from Afghan capital Kabul.

According to the Xinhua news agency, the tremor was felt in Kabul for some 30 seconds.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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