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Islamabad, parts of KP hit by 5.6 magnitude earthquake

It is reportedly the third shock in less than a month

By Web Desk
January 19, 2023
A seismograph takes readings of an earthquake. — AFP/File
A seismograph takes readings of an earthquake. — AFP/File

A mild earthquake hit Peshawar and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) around 4:30pm Thursday — making it at least the third shock in less than a month.

The National Seismic Monitoring Centre (NSMC) reported that tremors were also felt in Charsada, Islamabad and its surrounding areas, which were measured at 5.6 on the Richter scale, while its depth was 190 kilometres.

The epicentre of the earthquake was 237 kilometres west of Chitral, according to NSMC.

The Pakistan Metrological Department also shared the details of the earthquake via Twitter saying, "An earthquake originated on 19-01-2023 at 16:30 PST. Mag: 5.6. Depth: 190km. Lat: 35.89 N. Long: 71.39 E. Epicentre: 37 km west of Chitral."

The NSMC further reported that two more earthquakes of medium magnitude were felt 70 kilometres from KP's Bisham and 28 kilometres South of Kharan.

Immediately after the earthquake, residents of affected cities took to Twitter to share their experiences, while others scrambled and started praying for safety.

One user said, “Severe Earthquake jolts Abbottabad! Lasted for more than 10 seconds.”

Earlier this month on January 5, another earthquake was felt in parts of Pakistan.

The NSMC had then reported that the magnitude of those termors was 5.8 on the Richter scale, while the US Geological Survey claimed that the magnitude of the quake was recorded as 5.5 on the Richter scale.

The earthquake's effects were also felt in Peshawar, Lower Dir, Chitral, Khyber District, Waziristan, Tank, Bajaur, Mardan, Parachinar, Murree, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Multan, Sheikhupura, Chiniot and Kotli.

Additionally, just a day before that, a low magnitude earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale had struck parts of Punjab at 3:04pm, the NSMC said.