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A Magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolts Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 jolted parts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral at around 12:07 PM on Wednesday morning. Tremors were reported from Chitral city, Booni, Gilgit, Skardu, Astore and Kohistan.



earthquake jolts Gilgit-Baltistan

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter was in the Hindu Kush region, 35km South of Jarm in Afghanistan.

Tremors were also felt in northern cities of Pakistan including Peshawar, Islamabad, Azad Kashmir, and Abbottabad. People were seen leaving buildings towards safer grounds.

The region of Hindu Kush is prone to earthquakes. Pakistan has yet to meet the global standards of disaster risk reduction. This includes but is not limited to earthquake-proof buildings.

M 6.1 – HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN – 2018-01-31 07:06:59 UTC

Map created with the testimonies provided by the eyewitnesses (Via:

Magnitude: Mw 6.1


Date time: 2018-01-31 07:06:59.7 UTC

Location: 36.55 N ; 70.87 E

Depth: 189 km

Distances: 272 km NE of Kabul, Afghanistan / pop: 3,044,000 / local time: 11:36:59.7 2018-01-31
68 km S of Fayzabad, Afghanistan / pop: 44,500 / local time: 11:36:59.7 2018-01-31
35 km S of Jarm, Afghanistan / pop: 12,200 / local time: 11:36:59.7 2018-01-31

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