Islamabad: An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale on Monday jolted Pakistan's northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The earthquake tremors were felt at about 10.20 a.m. in the provincial capital of Peshawar and its adjoining areas, including Mardan, Charsadda and Nowshera, reported Xinhua citing the meteorological department.

The epicentre of the earthquake was located at 214 km northwest of the country's capital Islamabad in the Hindu Kush mountainous range along the Pakistan Afghanistan border area.

 The earthquake created panic among the people, but no loss of life was reported, according to the initial reports. Northern and northwestern Pakistan is located in one of the most earthquake prone areas.

Geographically, Pakistan lies in the collision zone of the India tectonic plate to the south and the Eurasian plate to the north.


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