5.3 magnitude earthquake rattles part of Pakistan

5.3 magnitude earthquake rattles part of Pakistan

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Islamabad: Moderate 5.3 magnitude earthquake rattled parts of the country including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit and federal capital on Saturday.

The National Seismic Monitoring Centre (NSMC) confirmed the earthquake with an intensity of 5.3 on the Richter Scale hit Swat, Peshawar, Lower Dir, Swabi, Nowshera, Islamabad and other cities, forcing people to flee their homes in panic.

The monitoring centre said that the earthquake had a depth of 180 kilometres with the epicentre in the Afghan-Tajik border.

Earlier on December 24, a magnitude 4.2 earthquake occurred in Swat and other areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to the monitoring center, the depth of the earthquake was 226 kilometers and the epicenter was located in the Hindu Kush Mountains.

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