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Moderate Earthquake Rattles Islamabad, Killing 3

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake has struck just outside Islamabad, the U.S. Geological Survey said, killing three people.

Residents of the Pakistani capital reported buildings and vehicles shaking after the quake hit at 1:59 am local time on July 25.

Senior police officer Akhtar Hayat Khan said three people died after the roofs of three homes caved in on the outskirts of Abbottabad.

He said the police did not receive other reports about damage in the region.

The tremor struck at a relatively shallow depth of 26 kilometers, USGS said, with the epicenter located 15 kilometers to the northeast of Islamabad.

The quake was felt in several Pakistani cities in the provinces of eastern Punjab and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ghulam Rasul, a senior meteorologist at the Pakistan Meteorological Department, said.

The local meteorologists put the size of the quake at 4.6 magnitude and the depth at 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 October 8, 2005, that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP

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