6.4 mag­ni­tude earth­quake jolts var­i­ous cities

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

A mod­er­ate earth­quake of mag­ni­tude 6.4 on the Richter scale jolted many parts of Pak­istan Mon­day af­ter­noon. Ac­cord­ing to Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Pak­istan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (PMD) Dr Ghu­lam Ra­sul, ear­lier it was recorded 6.7 but af­ter col­lect­ing its mag­ni­tude from all the cities across the coun­try it was mea­sured 6.4 on the Richter scale. He said the epi­cen­ter of earth­quake was at Afghanistan-Ta­jik­istan Bor­der and mea­sur­ing at the depth of 212 kilo­me­ter.

Ex­plain­ing the phe­nom­ena, Ra­sul said when an In­dian Plate and Eurasian plate in­ter­act with each other and re­lease energy caus­ing seis­mic waves. "Such kind of mod­er­ate earth­quake are very com­mon in Hindu Kush Range and earth­quake of mag­ni­tude 5 and above mea­sur­ing at the depth of more than 100 km are not dev­as­tat­ing," Ra­sul added. The vicin­ity of the epi­cen­tre was not pop­u­lated and there­fore no loss of lives were re­ported in the area.

"An earth­quake jolted dif­fer­ent parts of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa with 6.0 mag­ni­tude with epi­cen­tre in Hindu Kush Moun­tains range, Afghanistan, hav­ing co­or­di­nates of 36.52 N and 71.30 E," a spokesper­son at the Pak­istan Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (PDMA) con­firmed. PDMA are in close co-or­di­na­tion with all dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the United States Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey how­ever, the earth­quake mea­sured 5.7 at the epi­cen­tre.

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