5.8 magnitude quake jolts parts of KPK, Islamabad


ISLAMABAD: A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad on Saturday afternoon, two months after more than 300 people were killed by a quake in the same mountainous region.


The epicentre of the earthquake was the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan (36.50N, 71.09E), with a focal dept of 175kms.

Strong shocks were felt in the provincial capital Peshawar and Islamabad at 13:37 local time, driving panic-stricken residents out of their offices and residences.

With harsh winter weather setting in, any widespread destruction of buildings and houses would create severe hardship.

No reports of casualties or damage were received.