Strong Earthquake jolts Pakistan, Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD – A moderate earthquake deep in the Hindu Kush mountain range Tuesday jolted parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, but there were no reports of any casualties or damage, officials said.

“A moderate earthquake of 5.2 magnitude was recorded at 1334 (Pakistan standard time — 0834 GMT),” Zahid Rafi, director of the seismic centre at Pakistan’s meteorological department told AFP.

“The epicentre of the earthquake was on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border and its depth was 230 kilometres. It was also felt in Pakistan’s Swat Valley and other areas close to Hindu Kush,” he said.

On October 8, 2005 a 7.6-magnitude quake killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and parts of the country’s North-West Frontier Province.