Powerful quake jolts Pak

31 Jan 2018

A powerful earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale today jolted several parts of Pakistan, killing at least one person and injuring 11 others, media reports said.

The epicenter of the quake was in the Hindukush mountains and its depth was recorded at 178 km, the Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) said. The intensity of the tremor was 6.1 on the Richter scale, it said. A girl was killed and nine persons were injured in Lasbella area of Balochistan due to collapsing of a house, Geo News reported. Two school children were injured in Peshawar while running in panic from school building.

The quake was felt in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces as well as in capital Islamabad and Pakistan- occupied Kashmir. The spokesman for Provincial Department Management Authority (PDMA) said the authorities were in contact with all the districts of the province to ascertain about damage of property or any casualty. Pakistan has suffered several quakes in the past, including the deadliest one in 2005 which killed at least 74,000 people.