Magnitude 5.1 quake hits close to Pakistan's Islamabad

A Pakistani man sits on the debris of his house destroyed by an earthquake in Ziarat, Pakistan, 2008. (File photo: AP)

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck very close to Pakistan's capital of Islamabad, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said on Friday.

Although the quake had a moderate magnitude, its epicenter was only 10 miles (16 km) northeast of the populous city.

It struck at 1:59 a.m. on Saturday (2059 GMT on Friday) and was very shallow, only 16.2 miles (26 km) deep, the USGS said.

A magnitude 5.1 quake is capable of causing considerable damage.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 13:56 - GMT 10:56