Earthquake of magnitude 5.8 jolts parts of country

ISLAMABAD, Sept 24 (INP): An earthquake high intensity jolted the federal capital Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and its suburban parts on Tuesday but no casualties or property damages were reported.

According to geological wing of PMD, tremors measuring 5.8 on Richter scale were felt in various cities for 10 seconds including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, Pasrur, Jhelum, Kot Momin, Murree, Kala Bagh, Sangla Hills and many others.

The areas are also affected by the tremors include Khyber, Abbottabad, Sukeli, Gujrat, Chiniot, Sargodha, Zafarwal, Shahkot, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Swat, Mardan, Okara, Buner, Faisalabad, Swabi, Phalia, Sarai Alamgir, Shakargarh, Noorpur Thal and Kasur.

The quake also hit some urban and rural parts of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) including Muzaffarabad and Kotli , whereas, tremors also felt in Nankana Sahib, Quaidabad, Daska, Jaranwala, Shangla, Bajaur, Toba Tek Singh, Mandi Bahauddin, Tandlianwala, Upper Dir, Malakand, Mansehra, Balakot and Skardu.

People of the areas where the quake was felt rushed out of their homes and offices in panic reciting Kalma e Tayyeba and verses of Holy Quran.

However, no causalities or property damages were reported from any area hit by the quake.

According to the Met Department, the epi-centre of quake was five kilometres away from Jhelum in the northern region while its depth was 10 kilometres inside the earth.

Following the intensity of the quake, the aviation authorities have stopped aircraft to take flight as precautionary measures at the Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore.