Peshawar: A moderate earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale jolted various parts of Pakistanâ€™s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinceÂ on Tuesday, triggering panic among the people.
The epicentre of the quake was in the Hindukush mountain ranges near Tajikistan border at a depth of 144 km, an official of the Pakistan Meteorological Department said.
The tremor was felt in Malakand, Swat, Upper and Lower Dir districts of the province.
â€œSo far no loss to life or property has been reported,â€ the official said.
The quake came days after a powerful 7.9 temblor jolted Nepal and neighbouring areas in China and India. The quake left a trail of devastation in the region with thousands dead and scores injured.
Pakistan had suffered a 7.7-magnitude quake in 2013 which hit southw-estern Balochistan province and killed about 500 people.
However, Pakistanâ€™s worst quake was in 2005 when a 7.6 tremor killed more than 73,000 people.