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12 Jan 2020 | 12:33 AM UTC

Pakistan: 5.1-magnitude earthquake hits near Islamabad January 12

5.1-magnitude earthquake strikes near Islamabad on January 12; no initial reports of damages



The US Geological Survey recorded a 5.1-magnitude earthquake in the Hindu Kush region located at approximately 35.013°N 74.460°E at around 10:23 (local time) on Sunday, January 12. According to the USGS, the quake struck at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.