Pakistan Rattled by 5.5-Magnitude Earthquake
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A Pakistani official said a 5.5-magnitude earthquake has struck the country's remote north, with no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
Zahid Rafi, director of Pakistan's Meteorological Department, says the epicenter of the quake was in the Patan area, some 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of the capital, Islamabad, at a depth of 12 kilometers (7.5 miles), AP reported.
He said the mountainous region is on a fault-line and regularly sees minor earthquakes.
In October last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake hit Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing almost 400 people and injuring a number of others. The quake also flattened buildings in rugged terrain, which impeded relief efforts.
In October 2005, a deadly earthquake killed more than 75,000 people across Pakistani-administered Kashmir.