Islamabad: An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale jolted Pakistan in the wee hours today, forcing people to rush out of their homes in panic, media reported.
The epicentre of the earthquake was just 15 kilometers northeast of Islamabad in the Margalla hills at a depth of 26 kms, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The quake, with a moderate magnitude, hit at 1:59 AM local time, USGS said.
The tremors were felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Abbottabad and other mountainous regions including eastern Punjab and north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Express Tribune reported.
The quake spread panic among people and they rushed out of their homes. However, no loss of life or property was reported.