Islamabad (Staff Report): An earthquake jolted several areas of the country early Tuesday, spreading panic among the masses.

According to seismological center, a magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck at 4:05 am and jolted the cities in Punjab , Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The epicenter of earthquake was located in Hindukush region, Afghanistan, at a depth of 180 kilometres.

The earthquake was felt in several cities including Lahore, Islamabad, Nowshera and Ghizer Valley. People came out of their houses in search of safer places.

Fortunately, no loss of life or property was reported in its wake.