Pakistan experiences seismic jolts as a 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes the Hindu Kush region. Cities, including Islamabad and Lahore, feel the impact, prompting concerns of potential aftershocks in the region.
Mumbai, January 11, 2024 – In a seismic event that sent shockwaves through multiple cities in Pakistan, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake originating in the Hindu Kush region jolted the nation on Thursday at 2:20 pm local time. The Pakistan Meteorological Department reported the quake’s epicenter at a depth of 213 kms.
While the tremors were widely felt, there are currently no reports of casualties or property damage. Cities including Islamabad, Lahore, and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province experienced the impact, as well as Punjab’s Sargodha, Khushab, Mandi Bahauddin, Bhakkar, and Nowshera. The earthquake was also felt in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s Muzaffarabad, according to Geo News.
Contrary to the Pakistan Meteorological Department’s magnitude assessment, the US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the earthquake at a magnitude of 6.4, with the epicenter located 44 kms south-southeast of Jurm in Afghanistan, approximately 500 kms northeast of Kabul.
Chief meteorologist at the PMD, Sardar Sarfaraz, warned of potential aftershocks, a common occurrence after significant seismic events. Drawing a parallel with a recent earthquake in Japan, he stated, “The same had also happened in Japan, which was struck by a powerful earthquake on January 1.”
Pakistan, lying in a seismically active region, frequently experiences earthquakes and tremors of varying intensity. The deadliest earthquake in the country’s history occurred in October 2005, claiming over 74,000 lives and causing massive destruction.
This recent quake follows two powerful earthquakes in Afghanistan in October 2023, which resulted in the tragic loss of over 2,000 lives and left more than 9,000 people injured. The region remains on high alert for potential seismic activity.