Earthquake in Pakistan originated from Tajikistan

ISLAMABAD: People in northern Pakistan were jolted by a massive scary earthquake of 6.4 magnitude on Friday night. The powerful tremor reported in many parts of the country including Islamabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Mardan, North Waziristan, Lahore, Swat and Chitral.

Pakistan Meteorological Department recorded an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 with a depth of 80 km, origin in Tajikistan. The U.S Geological Survey recorded the magnitude at 5.9 and its epicentre at 35 km (55 miles) west of Murghob in Tajikistan, central Asia.

People came out of their homes in panic and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran. No damage or loss was initially reported from the earthquake, however, two people were reportedly injured in Bagh.

Afshan Iftikhar, a resident of the Jhang district of Faisalabad division in the Punjab province, told The Pakistan Daily, everyone in the neighborhood came out onto the streets. “They were crying, reciting verses from the Holy Quran,” she said.


Responding to the development, PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz prayed for people’s safety and “hoped” that everyone was safe.

The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis also prayed for everyone’s safety.

Abdullah Zahid

Abdullah Zahid is TPD's correspondent in Karachi. He reports on Pakistani political affairs.

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