Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

5.5-magnitude natural disaster hits Pakistan's capital Islamabad

5.5-magnitude natural disaster hits Pakistan's capital Islamabad

This was the second time on Wednesday when quake jolted northern and northwestern Pakistan.

Meanwhile, at least fifteen students were injured when a wall of their school in Tanchi Bazaar in Bannu collapsed in the quake.

A spokesman of Pakistan Meteorological Department told Radio Pakistan that the epicenter was near Bannu in KP. The panic-stricken children rushed out of the three-story building with taking to the stairs while few jumped out from second, third floor.

An natural disaster initially measured at 6.4 magnitude hit parts of Pakistan on Wednesday afternoon, local media reported. The injured have been moved to District Headquarters Hospital, the report said.

The US Geological Survey said the temblor was centred just across the border, in a remote part of Tajikistan.

In Islamabad and Kabul, people fled their offices and homes and recited verses from the Qur'an in the streets.

Earlier in the morning, the quake jolted most parts of northwestern Pakistan. The epicenter of the quake was at the depth of 200 km in Hindu Kush mountain area of Afghanistan.

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