Tremors were felt in several parts of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
The epicenter of the 4.1 magnitude earthquake was in the Hindu Kush mountains and its depth was measured at 89 kilometres. The tremors from the quake were felt in Swat, Malakand, Timergara and adjoining areas causing fear and panic among the locals.
Pakistan and the region, along an active continental plate boundary, is often hit by earthquakes. In September 2013, a magnitude-7.7 quake struck Pakistan’s Balochistan province, killing at least 376 people. -dawn