5.5-magnitude earthquake jolts northwest Pakistan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Islamabad
  • Updated: Apr 28, 2015 11:47 IST

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake jolted parts of northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, causing panic among people in several cities.

The tremors were felt in Peshawar, Malakand and Swat in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. At several places, people ran out of their homes and buildings in fear, the Dawn daily reported on its website.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to property.

The quake, which came three days after the devastating temblor in Nepal, was of 5.5-magnitude and had its epicentre along the border with Tajikistan at a depth of 144 km, the meteorological department said.

Forty-four people were killed and hundreds injured when a major storm hit Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa over the weekend.

Pakistan, which is located on an active continental plate boundary, has been hit by several major earthquakes in recent years. In September 2013, a 7.7- magnitude quake hit Balochistan province, killing nearly 400 people.

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake in the Kashmir region in 2005 killed more than 73,000 people and left 3.5 million homeless.

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