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Moderate quake jolts Pak, no casualties

An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolted northwestern Pakistan at 3.05 pm.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 17:04 IST

An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolted northwestern Pakistan on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, seismologists said.

The tremor was felt at 3:05 pm in the northwestern city of Peshawar and in the remote Dir and Chitralareas, seismological department chief QamaruzZaman told the agency.

The epicentreof the quake was around 300 kilometres north of Peshawar in the Hindu Kush mountains, which straddle the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Zaman said.

He added that it was not an aftershock of the massive, 7.6-magnitude October 8 South Asian earthquake, which has produced more than 1,750 tremors since it ripped through the region, killing around 75,000 people.

An aftershock measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale rocked northern Pakistan on Friday, killing one person in Mirpur, in Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

First Published: Mar 13, 2006 17:04 IST