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19 Jan 2000 description

Ref. OCHA/GVA - 2000/0007
Afghanistan - Earthquake
OCHA Situation Report No. 1

19 Jan 2000 description

ISLAMABAD, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A strong earthquake rocked northern Pakistan and parts of neighbouring Afghanistan on Wednesday, but there was no immediate report of damage, residents and officials said.

The quake hit at 12:10 p.m. (0710 GMT), jolting buildings in the Pakistani capital Islamabad and several other cities, and the Afghan capital Kabul, residents said.

A seismic centre in the northern Pakistani town of Peshawar said its preliminary analysis measured the quake strength at six on the Richter scale, which can cause widespread damage.