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Moderate quake hits Pakistan

However, there were no reports of casualties or damage according to meteorologists.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 14:18 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

A moderate earthquake measuring 5.1 on the richter scale jolted northern Pakistan on Wednesday but there were no reports of casualties or damage, meteorologists said.

The quake was felt at 10:49 am in several cities including the capital Islamabad and the capital of Pakistani Kashmir, Muzaffarabad, which was devastated by a massive quake on October 8.

The epicentre of the "moderate" quake was 200 kilometres northeast of Peshawar, Mohammed Akram, an official at the meteorological office in the northwestern city, told the agency.

Seismologists said it was likely an aftershock of last October's huge 7.6-magnitude quake, which killed more than 74,000 people in Pakistan and in the Indian and Pakistani zones of Kashmir.

Since the quake more than 1,500 aftershocks have rocked the region. The last major one, on December 29, measured 5.3 on the richter scale.

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 14:18 IST