Moderate earthquake rattles northwestern Pakistan (Lead)

December 29th, 2008 - 1:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Dec 29 (DPA) A moderate earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale struck northwestern Pakistan Monday morning, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, meteorological authorities said.The earthquake, at a depth of 140 km, hit at 8:37 a.m., the US Geological Survey said. It was centred 106 km northwest of the town of Chitral.

Pakistan Meteorological Department measured the jolts at 5.7 on the Richter scale, while local authorities did not immediately report any casualties or structural damages.

Pakistan’s northwestern regions actively experience seismic activity and a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in late October killed more than 250 in the impoverished Balochistan province.

A devastating earthquake registering 7.6 on the Richter scale shook Kashmir and Pakistan’s mountain region on Oct 8, 2005, killing at least 73,000 people and leaving more than 3.5 million others homeless.

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