Earthquake jolts shook Islamabad, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday afternoon at around 2:23 pm. These were followed by aftershocks of even greater magnitude almost three hours later at 5:25 pm. More details regarding the intensity of the second earthquake are yet to be announced by the authorities.
According to ESMC, an Independent Scientific Organization, the second earthquake had a magnitude of 5.6 with a depth of around 80km in the same region as the first earthquake. Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan have been reported as the point of origin for the second shock as well.
The original earthquake lasted a few seconds, causing fear across the whole region. The citizens were forced to run for safety, and away from their residences and offices.
According to initial accounts, the shocks were witnessed in northern Pakistan.
Official numbers from the Pakistani Met Department state that the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.0 on the Richter scale. It had a depth of around 218km with an epicenter near the Hindu Kush range close to the Afghanistan border.
According to the latest reports, there has been no loss of life, however, the severe shocks are likely to have damaged property.
This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.