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Quake jolts northern Pak; 12 people injured

A 5.2-magnitude tremor also toppled houses that were damaged in last year's South Asian quake, officials said.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 18:14 IST
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A 5.2-magnitude tremor rocked northern Pakistan on Tuesday, injuring 12 people and toppling some houses that were damaged in last year's South Asian quake, officials said.

The aftershock was felt in Batagram and other towns in North West Frontier Province, as well as in Pakistani Kashmir and the capital Islamabad, the meteorological department said.

"Twelve people were wounded when the walls of their homes that were cracked by the October 8 earthquake collapsed in Batagram," local police officer Ayaz Khan told the agency.

"They have been admitted to a local hospital. Three of them are in a serious condition."

The quake at 2:12 pm was followed four minutes later by a tremor measuring 4.2 on the Richter Scale, with the epicentre around 200 kilometres northeast of Peshawar, the meteorological office said.

The 7.6-magnitude South Asian earthquake killed more than 73,000 people in Pakistan and left around three million homeless. Nearly six months on, many refugees are starting to return home.

An aftershock measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale on March 10 killed one person and injured 22.