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Dawood Ahmed :

ISLAMABAD: An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale jolted the federal capital and northern areas of Pakistan on Friday night. The Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) recorded the earthquake 5.6 on the Richter scale.

The PMD stated that it had originated in the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region at a depth of 100 kilometers around 9:13 pm. Tremors were also felt in the federal capital and its adjoining areas, as well as in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mansehra, Hazara, Balakot, Battagram, Torghar, Haripur, Abbottbad, Swat, Malakand and Shangla areas of the country.

A mild earthquake was reported earlier in the day in Gwadar

The PMD had already reported a mild earthquake in Pakistan’s Mekran Coast.  According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre (NSMC), the epicenter of the moderate earthquake was 50 kilometers south of Gwadar at a depth of 25km in the Makran subduction zone.

“It’s the first time in decades that an earthquake of this magnitude has been reported in the Makran subduction zone and was felt from Gwadar to Omara,” NSMC Director Ameer Hyder had told reporters.

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