An earthquake struck major cities of Pakistan, including the northern areas. Reuters reported a 7.7 magnitude quake in Pakistan’s northern areas citing United States Geological Survey.
Tremors have been felt in major cities, including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Kohat and Malakand. Strong tremors were also felt in Kabul and New Delhi. Citizens took to social media to post reports of the massive quake that lasted for up to one minute. In pictures shared by Islamabad residents on Twitter, people are seen standing on roads after feeling tremors.
Pakistan and the region, along an active continental plate boundary, is often hit by earthquakes. In September 2013, a magnitude-7.7 quake struck Pakistan’s Balochistan province, killing at least 376 people. In 2005, the country was hit by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless.