Tremors measuring 5.6 jolt northern areas

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6 Sep, 2008
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Strong tremors on Saturday shook parts of northern areas, however there were no immediate reports of loss of life or damage to property.

According to the Met Office the jolts measured 5.5 on the Richter scale and the epicentre was 355 km northwest of the country.

However, according to the US Geological Survey the tremors measuring 5.6 originated 66 km South East of Feyzabad in the Hindukush region in Afghanistan.

Sharp jolts were felt in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Swat, Mingora, Muzaffarabad, Batagram, Abbottabad, Balakot, Gilgit and Hunza; the areas that witnessed the most devastating earthquake in country's history on Oct 8, 2005 that killed over 80,000 people and rendered millions homeless.

The area was also jolted on Friday with tremors measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale. The epicentre was the in the Hindukush region, 100 km north-west of Chitral.