Three dead as 5.5-magnitude earthquake hits Islamabad

  • IANS, Islamabad
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2015 14:22 IST

At least three people, including two women, died when a 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan's Capital Islamabad and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday morning, the Met office said.

Express News said that the three people belonged to the same family and were killed when their house collapsed due to strong tremors in Abbottabad, a district located 110km north of Islamabad.

The earthquake jolted the country at 01:59am (local time) and its focal depth was measured at 10km, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

The magnitude of the quake was determined at 23km northeast of the Capital in the Margalla hills.

The tremor caused panic among the people who rushed out of their homes.

Pakistan, particularly its north and northwest areas, are categorised under a high earthquake-prone zone.

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