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4.7 magnitude earthquake jolts Islamabad, KP

National Seismic Monitoring Centre says earthquake's epicenter was southeastern region of Afghanistan

By Nadia Saboohi
June 19, 2024
A Richter scale measuring an earthquake. — AFP/File
A Richter scale measuring an earthquake. — AFP/File

PESHAWAR: A 4.7 magnitude earthquake has rocked the northern parts of the country including Islamabad, Rawalpindi and cities across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre in Islamabad, the tremors from the earthquake were felt across the twin cities as well as KP cities including Peshawar, Swat, Parachinar, Malakand, Lower Dir, Hangu, Charsadda, Swabi and their surrounding areas. 

The tremors were also recorded in the North and South Waziristan districts.

The earthquake's epicenter, as per the monitoring centre, was the southeastern region of Afghanistan, while its depth was recorded at 98 kilometres.

Earlier this month, an earthquake of 3.2 magnitude had jolted parts of Karachi including the Clifton neighbourhood.

The epicentre of the quake was 15 kilometres northeast of Karachi at a depth of 22km, according to the seismic monitoring centre.

However, no loss of life or property was reported due to the earthquake.

This was the third time that the city was hit by a minor quake in the last few weeks ahead of June.

On May 2, a 2.3 magnitude earthquake jolted parts of the metropolis including Gadap Town, Katohar and adjoining areas of Malir district.

The epicentre of the quake was 38 kilometres from the northeast of Malir at a depth of 84km, according to the seismic monitoring centre.

Similarly, a 3.2 magnitude earthquake jolted Karachi's Malir district on on April 24.

Natural disasters such as earthquakes are not uncommon in Pakistan, as the country is situated on the boundary of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Large parts of South Asia are seismically active because a tectonic plate known as the Indian plate is pushing north into the Eurasian plate.

Recent earthquakes underscore the importance of disaster preparedness and mitigation measures.