Earthquake in Balochistan: A magnitude 5.0 quake on the Richter scale has hit Quetta in Balochistan, according to Pakistan media. However, there are no reports yet of any casualties or damage to property.
The region around Afghanistan, Pakistan is prone to earthquakes with the last one reported being a magnitude 5.5 quake on the Richter scale that struck Pakistan, with the US Geological Survey putting the epicentre some 117 km east of Swat Valley city of Mingaora at a depth of 43.4 km. It was strong enough to shake capital city of Islamabad. The temblor did not cause any damage.
One of the worst earthquakes that ever hit Pakistan was in 2005 that killed over 80,000 people.
Further details are awaited.
Earlier in the morning, a magnitude 5.3 quake, which occurred at 11:50 a.m. (0250 GMT), had shaken eastern Japan, but no tsunami warning was issued, much to the relief of the people living on the coastside. No reports of damage to property or injury caused have come in. The epicentre of this temblor, was in Chiba, east of Tokyo, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.