5.9 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of KP, Punjab

ISLAMABAD: An earthquake of 5.9 magnitude has jolted different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, media reported on Saturday.

The epicentre of the earthquake was Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, said seismological center. The tremors were felt in Mardan, Chitral, Malakand, Charsadda, Khyber, Taxila, Mianwali, Sargodha, Azad Kashmir, Mardan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Attock, Islamabad and other districts of KP and Punjab.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority KP director general said no report of life or property loss was received by the PDMA so far. He said the PDMA was continuously in contact with the district administrations.

“The PDMA control room is completely active. People should report any unfortunate incident on helpline 1700,” he said.

On January 17, at least 26 people were killed after an earthquake hit western Afghanistan, an official had said.

The victims died when roofs of their houses collapsed in Qadis district in the western province of Badghis, spokesman for the province Baz Mohammad Sarwary had told AFP.

The shallow quake was magnitude 5.3, according to the US Geological Survey.

“Five women and four children are among the 26 people killed in the earthquake,” Sarwary had said, adding that four more were injured.

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