4.2 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

ISLAMABAD: A 4.2-magnitude earthquake jolted parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday.


The quake was centered near Hindu Kush Region Afghanistan at a depth of 80 kilometres, sending people fleeing shaking buildings in Chitral, Swat, Malakand and adjoining areas.

No loss of life or property damage has been reported so far.

According to U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake with magnitude 5.0 occurred near Feyzabad, Afghanistan.

Earlier in October, a 7.5-magnitude quake ripped across Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing nearly 400 people and flattening buildings in rugged terrain.

For many in Pakistan, October‘s quake brought back traumatic memories of a 7.6-magnitude quake that struck in October 2005, killing more than 75,000 people and displacing some 3.5 million.

Afghanistan is frequently hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which lies near the junction of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

In Nepal, a quake in April and a strong aftershock in May killed more than 8,900 people.