Volcano Erupts In Northern Pakistan

Islamabad (IRNA) -- A volcano has erupted in Pakistan's northern region after an earthquake hit the area early Saturday morning, reports said.                                                        
Reports from the area suggest that smoke can be seen coming out from mountains while explosions are being heard.                     
According to a report landslide has closed the main highway, creating problems for the people.                                    
Earlier an earthquake of moderate intensity jolted northern areas at midnight between Friday and Saturday.                             
There was no immediate report of casualty from any part of  northern areas.                                                      
However, the tremors caused considerable damage to Karakoram  Highway (KKH) at Tatu, some 120 km east of Gilgit, sources said.     
According to meteorological department the intensity of the earthquake on international Richter scale was 5.6.                   
The sources said about two kilometers long portion of the KKH at  Tatu was badly hit by the earthquake while one km was effected at     Dashkaa, which created difficulties for the people.                  
The local administration when contacted said so far no casualties were reported from any part of the area. However, they feared   casualties may be reported from far-flung areas.    TK/MMZ/AH                                                     
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