Pakistan earthquake: Locals flee into the streets as 5.9 magnitude tremor shakes homes and roads

PAKISTAN has been hit by a huge 5.9 magnitude earthquake, sending terrified locals fleeing onto the streets.

Tremors have been felt in cities across the country, including the capital Islamabad.


The U.S Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 5.9 and centred 35 km (55 miles) west of Tajikistan in central Asia.

According to the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake struck at a depth of 86km.

Tremors were felt across the country including the capital, Islamabad, and northwestern Peshawar, and even as far as the eastern city of Lahore, which borders India.

Pakistan's Meteorological Department tonight confirmed the earthquake had clocked in a 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale.

Tremors were also felt in parts of Northern India including the capital city of New Delhi and as far as Srinagar, witnesses told Reuters.

No loss of life has been reported so far.

Pictures show families standing in the street in the aftermath of the quake.

Cracks were reported in some homes in northern Kashmir, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

A witness also told Reuters a wall had collapsed near the northern Indian city of Amritsar, but there were no reports of casualties.

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