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Magnitude 5.1 quake hits close to Pakistan's Islamabad - USGS | Reuters

 Magnitude 5.1 quake hits close to Pakistans Islamabad - USGS
| Reuters

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 epicentre 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.

(Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Updated Date: Jul 25, 2015 05:00:10 IST