Magnitude earthquake rattles Pakistan

A moderate earthquake rattled Pakistan's capital and several areas in the country's northwest Monday but there were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage, the state-run seismological center said.

The magnitude 5.2 quake was centered 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of Peshawar in the Hindu Kush mountains in neighboring Afghanistan, the center said.

The tremor was felt in the capital Islamabad; Dir; Chitral, an isolated town near the Afghan border; and in Mansehra, a city in northwestern Pakistan where an Oct. 8 quake wrought large-scale destruction.

That quake, measuring 7.6, left more than 80,000 people dead and more than three million homeless in the area and Pakistan's of Kashmir region.

Moderate earthquakes are commonly felt in the Hindu Kush mountains that straddle the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, reports the AP.

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