A strong earthquake measuring magnitude 7.8 on Richter scale jolted Asian and Gulf countries specially Pakistani cities including Karachi, Islamabad, Hyderabad, Lahore and Quetta cityon Tuesday afternoon.

The epicenter of the huge quake was 86km (53 miles) from Iranian city of Khash, near Pakistan's border.

In Karachi, which is periodically shaken by temblors, the distant quake could be felt through the city, as buildings shook for more than 10 seconds and, in some areas, frightened people ran into the streets. No injuries were reported, nor were there any early reports of property damage in different cities and towns of Pakistan.

Tremors have been felt across the Gulf and the Middle East. Tall buildings swayed in the Indian capital Delhi, reports say.

US Geological survey confirmed that the epicenter of the quake was at Pakistan-Iran border and it was recorded 7.8 on Richter scale.

The quake was also felt in few Indian, Gulf, Pakistani, Iranian cities.

The quake was also felt in UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, KSA and in other Middle East countries and south Asia and India.

Correspondent from Karachi said that the quake was felt at 3:45pm and it created panic among the offices workers.

It was measured 7.9 on Richter scale in Karachi.