Pakistan experienced a series of earthquakes in the past 24 hours, particularly affecting the northwestern region.
According to the reports, at least three earthquakes struck parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Bajaur, Lower Dir, and Kurram. The most recent quake occurred on Sunday with a magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale.
The earthquake originated near the Hindukush mountain range at a depth of 186 kilometers.
Residents in the affected areas felt the tremors and hurriedly evacuated their homes for safety. Fortunately, there have been no reports of casualties or property damages resulting from these seismic events.
Notably, this recent seismic activity follows another earthquake that shook major cities like Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, and Peshawar.
Furthermore, neighboring regions in northern India, particularly the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and Punjab, also felt the impact of Saturday’s earthquakes.
As of now, authorities are closely monitoring the situation, and rescue and relief efforts have not been mobilised due to the absence of casualties and significant damages.
Meanwhile, residents in the affected regions are advised to remain vigilant and prepared for any potential aftershocks.
Why Earthquakes Occur?
Earthquakes occur due to the movement of tectonic plates, large sections of the Earth’s crust. These plates are constantly shifting and interacting at their boundaries. When pressure builds up and is released suddenly along fault lines, seismic waves are generated, causing the ground to shake.
This natural process is known as an earthquake. The magnitude and intensity of earthquakes vary, with some causing significant devastation. Understanding seismic activity and monitoring fault lines help us prepare for and mitigate the impact of earthquakes, protecting lives and property in earthquake-prone regions.