Earthquake 7.1 jolts parts of Pakistan

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Earthquake tremors were felted in parts of Punjab and K-P, including Lahore, Islamabad, and Peshawar, on Sunday.Tremors were felt in Murree, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Gilgit-Baltistan, Abbottabad, Mansehra and surrounding areas.

The quake was also felt in New Delhi, where buildings in the center swayed, and the metro train system was halted temporarily as a precaution.

People rushed out of their homes in the northern region of Indian-administered Kashmir.

“People are on the streets now, and we don’t know whether to go back inside,” said an AFP reporter in Srinagar.

No loss of life has been reported as yet.

The magnitude and epicenter of the earthquake are not yet known. Telephone networks have reportedly been disrupted in the affected areas.

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck at around 3:30 pm at a depth of 236 kilometers with its epicenter in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush region, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said.

 

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Pakistan is located in the Indus-Tsangpo Suture Zone, which is roughly 200 km north of the Himalaya Front and is defined by an exposed ophiolite chain along its southern margin.

This region has the highest rates of seismicity and largest earthquakes in the Himalaya region, caused mainly by movement on thrust faults.

Along the western margin of the Tibetan Plateau, in the vicinity of south-eastern Afghanistan and western Pakistan, the South Asian plate translates obliquely about the Eurasia plate, resulting in a complex fold-and-thrust belt known as the Sulaiman Range.

In October last year, over 200 people were killed in a strong earthquake jolted Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 

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