Earthquake rattles Pakistan'south capital, other cities

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 4:01 PM

Pakistani official Arif Ullah told The Associated Press that the magnitude-7.1 quake was centered close Afghanistan'south border with Tajikistan.

Earthquake rattles Pakistan'south capital, other cities

A powerful earthquake rattled Pakistan'south capital and other cities across the country on Sunday, causing panic among people but with number immediate reports of casualties or major damages.

Pakistani official Arif Ullah told The Associated Press that the magnitude-7.1 quake was centered close Afghanistan'south border with Tajikistan. Germany'south GFZ Research Middle for Geosciences set the quake'south size at 6.5.

In Islamabad, terrified residents fled their homes and offices as buildings swayed. Television footage showed people praying in public.

Tremors were felt as distant far as the Indian capital, New Delhi.

Ahmad Kamal, a spokesman at National Catastrophe Management Authority, said they've not received any information about damages from the earthquake-hit areas. However, he said that post-quake landslides were a potential threat, and said he'd asked regional authorities to prepare for all possible contingencies.

A Pakistani student, Kiran Saeed, said she was studying at residence when her chair shook and initially she thought someone had deliberately pushed it. "When I turned back, number one was there and then the walls started shaking. We came out of the residence and everyone was reciting verses from Quran," she told the AP from Rawalpindi, a garrison city near Islamabad.

Sahiba Bibi, an Islamabad resident, said she nearly fell to the ground when the tremors began.

"I am still very terrified," she said.

Sunday'south quake was the strongest one since Oct when magnitude-7.5 earthquake damaged thousands of homes in the northwest.

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