Earthquake of 6.5 magnitude jolts upper Pakistan


A moderate earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale jolted many parts of Pakistan on Monday.

Monday, 10 August, 2015
15:05:25 PST
Afghanistan Tajikistan Border Region (REVISED)
36.49N 71.20E

Director General Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Dr Ghulam Rasul said the quake was initially recorded at 6.7 on the Richter scale but after collecting data from affected cities across the country, it was calculated at 6.4.

He said the epicentre of the earthquake was at Afghanistan-Tajikistan Border and measuring at the depth of 212 kilometres.

Explaining the phenomena, Rasul said such earthquakes occur when an Indian Plate and Eurasian plate interact with each other and release energy causing seismic waves.

“Such kind of moderate earthquake are very common in Hindu Kush Range and earthquake of magnitude 5 and above measuring at the depth of more than 100 km are not devastating,” Rasul added.

The vicinity of the epicentre was not populated and, therefore, no loss of life were reported in the area.

“An earthquake jolted different parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with 6.0 magnitude with epicentre in Hindu Kush Mountains range, Afghanistan, having coordinates of 36.52 N and 71.30 E,” a spokesperson at the Pakistan Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) confirmed earlier.

PDMA are in close co-ordination with all district administrations.

According to the United States Geological Survey, however, the earthquake measured 5.7 at the epicentre.

Met department said tremors were felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Shangla, Buner, Lower Dir, Mardan, Charsada, Peshawar, Swat, Muzaffarabad, Attock, Wazirabad, Daska, Sheikhpura, Gujrat, Khushab, Murree, Khyber Agency, Malakand, Sargodha, Nowshera, Bhalwal, Bagh, Rawlakot, Skardu, Gilgit, Chitral and other areas.

While no loss of life was reported, a government rest house in Kel, Neelum Valley was damaged.

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