Earthquake of 5.5 magnitude hits Pakistan

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An earthquake measuring 5.5 magnitudeĀ on the richter scale jolted various parts of Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province today, triggering panic among the people.

According to the meteorological department, the epicenter of the earthquake was the area of Tajikistan-Pakistan border and its depth was 144 km, Dawn online reported.


The tremor was felt in Malakand, Swat, Upper and Lower Dir districts of the province.

The quake came days after a powerful 7.9 temblor jolted Nepal and neighboring areas in China and India, leaving thousands dead and scores injured.

In 2005, the country was hit by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless.