Quake rattles areas in Punjab, KPK, Azad Kashmir

December 26, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Severe jolts of earthquake have been felt in several cities of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir, SAMAA reported on Saturday.

The cities shaken by the earthquake include Jehlum, Lodhran, Bhakkar, Chakwal, Mandi Bahaud Din, DG Khan,  Muzaffargarh, Multan, Jhang, Khanewal, Toba Tek Singh, Chiniot, Chishtian, Gujranwala, Sheikhupura, Lahore, Sialkot, Sargodha, Mianwali, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Abbottabad, Swat, Charsadda, Attock, Skardu, Battagram, Paarchinar, Mansehra, Hangu, Orakzai Agency and Malakand division.

The shakes were also felt in areas of Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir, North Waziristan and Murree.

The intense earthquake tremors that continued for at least 80 to 90 seconds frightened people to rush out of their homes and offices in different cities.
DG Met Ghulam Rasool told SAMAA that the quake is measured 6.9 at Richter Scale at a depth of 196 kilometers, adding the quake continued for at least 59 seconds.

The epicenter was found located in Afghan-Tajik border area, he said advising people who inhabit the houses affected by earthquake should quit their dwellings.

There are reports that walls of several houses fell down in several areas that were ravaged by a previous earthquake this year.

According to eyewitnesses, the mysterious rumble was heard for at least 90 seconds, more intense than the one heard in last earthquake.

State of emergency of has been imposed in hospitals.

According to Lady Reading Hospital, at least 40 people sustained injuries in Peshawar; meanwhile, eight others were wounded when roof of their house crashed on them in Kurram Agency area of Pir Qayyum.  --SAMAA