Earthquake causes panic in Punjab, KP, Azad Kashmir

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An earthquake of high intensity jolted the federal capital besides various districts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Thursday, but no causalities or property damages were reported.

According to the geological wing of Pakistan Meteorological Department, the earthquake was felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Mardan, Abbottabad, Swat, Upper Dir, Malakand, Rawlakot, Peshawar, Charsadda, Mansehra, Mohmand, Bajaur and parts of AJK with the intensity of 5.2 on the Richter scale.

People of the areas where the quake was felt rushed out of their homes and other buildings in panic reciting verses from Holy Quran. The epicenter of the quake was Hindu Kush mountain range in Afghanistan, 251 meters deep in the ground.

An earthquake was also felt in Swat, Mingora and adjoining areas a few days back. The intensity was recorded at 5.5 on the Richter scale.

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