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5.9 magnitude earthquake hits Pak-Afghan border, 5.3-magnitude earthquake strikes Manila

Islamabad/Manila, Apr 4 (): 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Hind Kush region on Thursday with tremors felt in Kabul and Islamabad, but officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The coordinates of epicentre were 36.47 degrees North, 71.12 degrees East and a depth of 233.70 km in Afghan mountains in Hindu Kush region, reported the Indian Meteorological Department.

Reports say, the tremors were felt in Lahore, Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Swat, Chitral, Azad Kashmir, Kurram Agency Lower Dir, Shangla, Mardan, Battagram, Mianwali, Murree, Nowshera, Malakand Division and other areas.

The quake occurred for 10 seconds, which sent tremors as far as north-western Pakistan to Kabul, was recorded at 12:02 PM. The quake was a bit severe in Peshawar, where it lasted for almost 30 seconds, reported the TV channels. At least three persons were injured in the north-western city of Pakistan, the media told.

Tremors were also sensed in Kashmir Valley, where people ran out of their houses in fear though no damage has yet been reported.

Pakistan was hit by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake on October 8, 2005, that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Meanwhile, the US Geological Survey said the 5.3-magnitude quake struck at 10:27am local time (0227GMT), 158 kilometres northeast of Philippine capital Manila on Thursday. It had a depth of 38 kilometres. The moderate earthquake shook buildings in Manila.

Eunice Fernando, a staff at Manila Hotel, said they were shaken by the quake but guests did not panic. She told that the chandeliers wavered and rattled and that they were a little scared adding they did not advise guests to vacate.

In August last year, a 7.6-magnitude quake on Philippine’s eastern coast caused a tsunami alert that forced tens of thousands to flee their homes and caused a landslide that killed one person.