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Pakistan's army flew a team of geologists to an isolated northwestern valley Tuesday to investigate reports of possible volcanic activity that could force the evacuation of 150,000 people from the quake-shattered Himalayan foothills, an official said.
Is it a volcano that is emitting ash and smoke ever since the deadliest-ever earthquake struck parts of Pakistan and Kashmir? In its bulletin, the TV channel pointed out that ash, smoke and stones had been seen coming down from a hilltop many kilometers away since the quake two weeks back.
"I have spoken to the geologists sent to the area last night and they said there was no volcanic activity there," he told Reuters after the army flew a team of experts to the area by helicopter.
"The dust and fog hang in the air for a while because of the cold and it triggered panic in the area," he said following the aftershock of 6.0 magnitude which had its epicentre near the valley.
"There is no crack in the mountains, there is no eruption," Kausar told Reuter