A moderate intensity Earthquake measuring 5,2 magnitude on Richter scale struck Pakistan and other parts of the country including Islamabad and Lahore. The epicentre is said to the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan at the depth of 180 km.
However, no casualty has been reported as yet. According to local media reports, panic striked a number of people across the country where most of them rushed out of their houses to read the holy quran. The earthquake reportedly jolted Pakistan at about 4:30 AM.
This comes months after an a powerful earthquake measuring 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Pakistan’s Balochistan province. However, no loss of life was reported even back then.
5.0 magnitude earthquake jolts various cities of Pakistan, including Islamabad & Lahore; epicentre in Hindu Kush region (Afghanistan)
— ANI (@ANI_news) April 18, 2017
Earlier in March 4.0 magnitude earthquake had hit Islamabad. The epicentre was near Hazro in Attock district of Punjab province. In 2015, as many as 300 people were killed and many other were left injured after an earthquake measuring 7.1 on Richter scale struck Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar. The epicentre was near Chitral at a depth of 210 km. Among the dead were schoolchildren who tried to flee after the earthquake struck.
Tremors were felt in several parts of India as well. Aftershocks of 4.8 magnitude were felt in different parts of India as well.