Islamabad (April 24, 2018): The earthquake on Tuesday has rattled the Peshawar, other parts of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP) and Islamabad, however no report of property damaged or loss of life reported in initially.
The epicentre of the earthquake was the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan (36.50N, 71.09E), with a focal dept of 200 kms.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured tremors of 5.3 magnitude.Strong shocks were felt in the provincial capital Peshawar and Islamabad at 9:15pm local time, driving panic-stricken residents out of their offices and residences.
The tremors were also reported from Swat, Lower Dir, Chitral and other parts of the province.
Pakistan is located in the Indus-Tsangpo Suture Zone, which is roughly 200 km north of the Himalaya Front and is defined by an exposed ophiolite chain along its southern margin. This region has the highest rates of seismicity and largest earthquakes in the Himalaya region, caused mainly by movement on thrust faults.
Active faults and resultant earthquakes in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan are the result of convergence between the S. Asian and Eurasia plates.