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5.1 magnitude earthquake rocks Afghanistan, tremors felt in surrounding areas of Pakistan

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake rocks Afghanistan on Saturday evening, and the tremors were felt in surrounding areas of Pakistan as well.

As being reported, a 5.3 magnitude earthquake jolted northern parts of Pakistan on Saturday.

Tremors were felt in Swat, Peshawar, Lower Dir, Swabi, Nowshera, Chitral, Mardan, Bajaur, Malakand, Pabbi, Akora, Islamabad, and surrounding areas.

The tremors made the residents of the said areas in panic who rushed to open areas reciting Kalma and duas.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the earthquake struck at 6:15 pm with the epicenter in the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region at a depth of 180 kilometers.

Indian news agency ANI also reported that the earthquake’s effects were felt in Indian-occupied Kashmir as well at 6:45 pm.

Pakistan geologically overlaps both the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates. Hence the country falls in the region that is prone to violent earthquakes, as the two tectonic plates collide.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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