A 5.1-magnitude earthquake that struck northern Pakistan early Saturday left at least three people dead, officials said.
The United States Geological Survey said the tremor struck at a relatively shallow depth of 26 kilometers with its epicenter located 15 kilometers to the northeast of Islamabad. An official in Abbottabad, around 50 kilometers from Islamabad, said two women and a nine-year-old child were killed when their house collapsed.
“A house built of mud in the outskirts of Abbottabad collapsed due to the earthquake, leaving two women and a young boy dead and a minor girl injured,” said senior police official Sher Akbar Khan.
The women were aged 25 and 48 and the boy nine. The injured girl was about six, Khan said.
The quake was felt in several cities in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Ghulam Rasul, a senior meteorologist at the Pakistan Meteorological Department, told AFP.
Residents of the Pakistani capital reported buildings and vehicles shaking after the quake hit at 1:59 a.m. local time.
Local meteorologists measured the quake at 4.6-magnitude with a depth of just 10 kilometers.
Pakistan straddles part of the boundary where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, making the country susceptible to earthquakes. It was hit by a 7.6-magnitude quake on Oct. 8, 2005 that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake devastated several areas in Balochistan province in September 2013, killing at least 370 people and leaving 100,000 homeless.