An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale shook Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and surrounding areas in Pakistan. No casualties or property damage reported so far.

Recent Earthquake (4.4 Magnitude):

A seismic event measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale occurred in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and neighboring areas, causing tremors around 5:30 am.

No casualties or significant property damage were reported, providing relief to residents despite initial fears.

Previous Incidents:

Last month, Gilgit experienced a 3.3-magnitude earthquake, as confirmed by the National Seismic Monitoring Centre (NSMC). Fortunately, there were no reported casualties or property damage.

In October, a mild earthquake with a magnitude of 3.1 affected Karachi, the capital of Sindh province, according to the NSMC. This earthquake also caused minimal impact, with no severe consequences reported.

Historical Earthquakes in Pakistan:

Pakistan has a history of devastating earthquakes. The most severe in recent decades was the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale. It caused widespread destruction, resulting in over 75,000 casualties and massive infrastructure damage.

Earlier significant earthquakes include the 1935 Quetta earthquake, one of the deadliest in history, which led to the loss of around 30,000 lives.

Seismic Monitoring and Reporting:

The NSMC in Islamabad regularly monitors seismic activities across Pakistan, providing vital information regarding earthquakes’ magnitude, depth, and epicenters.

Detailed data from seismic monitoring centers help in raising public awareness, ensuring preparedness, and minimizing potential risks during seismic events.

Public Response and Safety Measures:

During recent earthquakes, residents emerged from their homes, with some reciting prayers, due to the fear caused by the tremors.

Despite concerns, the absence of significant casualties or damage has been a relief for affected communities.

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