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Magnitude-6.3 earthquake jolts north Pakistan, Afghanistan

English.news.cn   2010-09-18 04:54:21 FeedbackPrintRSS

ISLAMABAD, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck north Pakistan late Friday night, said the country's meteorology office.

The tremor was felt in Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and other cities in the northwest Khyber-Paktunkwa province and the east Punjab province, local residents said.

The quake lasted 15 seconds and some people fled homes, they added.

There were no immediate reports of casualty or damage.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the quake had jolted Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.

The temblor occurred at 11:51 p.m. local time (1921 GMT), at a depth of 199.7 km. The epicenter was 75 km south-southeast of Faizabad, Afghanistan and 115 km northwest of Chitral, Pakistan, said the USGS on its official website.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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