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Mosques cause earthquake panic in central Pakistan
dpa German Press Agency
Published: Friday February 9, 2007

Islamabad- Locals fled their homes in panic in a number of towns in central Pakistan early Friday after mosques warned of an impending earthquake, media reported. People in several towns around the Punjab province capital Lahore sent warnings by telephone to friends and relatives during the night and causing further alarm, the Geo news website said.

In was not clear who ordered the announcements that tremors would strike at 3 a.m. Scientists worldwide are working on early-warning systems but there is still no means of predicting exactly when earthquakes will strike.

Pakistan is still recovering from the effects of an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale that killed more than 73,000 people in the north of the country on October 8, 2005.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency