Moderate quake hits Pakistan

Other News Materials 20 February 2009 09:16 (UTC +04:00)

An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale shook parts of northern Pakistan Friday, a Meteorological Department official said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, dpa reported.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 8:49 am (0349 GMT), was 95 kilometers north-east of the capital, Islamabad, department chief Qamaruz Zaman Chaudhry said.

The jolts were felt in several cities and parts of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, which was devastated in an October 2005 earthquake, which killed at least 73,000 people and left 3.5 million others homeless.

More than 230 people were killed when Pakistan's south-western province of Balochistan was rattled by a strong quake in October.