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Moderate earthquake shakes northern Pakistan

March 19, 2006

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A moderate earthquake on Sunday shook parts of northern Pakistan devastated by a catastrophic tremor last October, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The 5.0 magnitude quake had its epicenter in Hazara division, about 200 km (125 miles) northeast of the Pakistani city of Peshawar, Pakistan’s Meteorological Office said.

The quake was felt in Balakot, a town flattened by the October 8 earthquake, as well as in the capital Islamabad and several other northern cities and towns.

Sunday’s jolt was an aftershock of the catastrophic 7.6 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 73,000 people.

More than 1,780 aftershocks have been recorded since then and meteorological officials expect more will be felt until May.

Earlier this month, an aftershock measuring 5.2 killed one man and injured 16 people in Pakistani Kashmir, one of the regions worst hit by the October disaster.


Source: reuters



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