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5.6-magnitude earthquake strikes Pakistan, says report

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A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit northern Pakistan on Friday. The country’s meteorological department said there were no reports of injuries.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), a 5.6-magnitude earthquake rocked the country that originated in the border region of Afghanistan and Tajikistan at a depth of 100 km.

The quake was also felt in several cities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Peshawar, Mansehra, Balakot and Shersadda. The earthquake also shook Gilgit-Baltistan in the north.

So far, officials said, no life or property has been reported.

Pakistan is located in an active seismic zone and is frequented by earthquakes of varying size.

On January 1, a 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit northwest Pakistan. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the border region between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and its depth was 180 km.

Before that, a 4.1-magnitude earthquake was felt in the coastal city of Karachi on December 8, while a deadly 5.9-magnitude earthquake in October killed at least 15 people in Balochistan.

The deadliest earthquake to hit the country was in 2005, when more than 74,000 people were killed.

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