Islamabad: The Pakistani capital and
northern regions of the country were rocked by an earthquake
measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale this afternoon though there
were no reports of casualties, officials said.
The tremor, described by officials as moderate, was
felt at 2.52 pm in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and other
cities and towns of Punjab province, and northern areas of the
The quake also jolted Peshawar, Swat, Nowshera, and
Khyber and Mohmand tribal regions.
The Meteorological Department said the quake measured
5.7 on the Richter Scale.
Chief Meteorologist Mohammad Riaz said the epicentre
of the quake was located 188 km north of Islamabad in the
Hindu Kush mountain range of Afghanistan.
Though the temblor lasted only a few seconds, people
rushed out of their homes and workplaces in panic.
There were no reports of casualties or damage to
property from any part of Pakistan.