QUETTA  – Two mild earthquake tremors jolted Quetta and other parts of Balochistan on Friday, causing panic among the people.

According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, the epicenter of the first tremor was located in Tajikistan. It measured 3.7 on the Richter scale, with a depth of 10 kilometres.

The second tremor measuring 5.2 magnitude was had its epicenter 58 kilometres southeast of Quetta. The depth of this quake was also 10 kilometres, the Met Office added.

In Quetta, the first tremor forced people out of their homes and buildings. People were already on streets and roads when another quake struck. They then walked away from crowded places to parks and other deserted areas.

Quetta and most parts of Balochistan are considered to be earthquake-prone. In 1935, within 30 seconds Quetta was razed to the ground in a powerful earthquake. Similarly, a recent earthquake in Balochistan's Awaran district brought destruction to the region.

According to Balochistan government spokesman Jan Muhammad Buledi, the Awaran earthquake has killed more than 400 people in the sparsely populated district of the province.