QUETTA - A severe earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale jolted the most parts of the country, including Quetta, in early hours on Wednesday, damaging over 200 mud-houses and shops in Chaghi district. The Met Office said the tremors were felt at 1:23am, and the epicentre of earthquake was located in Kharan around 50km west of Dalbandin, the headquarter of Chaghi district close to the border with Afghanistan. The earthquake jolted Khuzdar, Kalat, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Zhob, Loralai and many other parts of the province besides Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Multan, DG Khan, Sargodha and Lahore. It created panic among the people who rushed outside of their homes, reciting verses of Holy Quran despite severe cold weather while a woman Razia Bibi died of heart attack in the provincial capital. Soon after the tremors, gunshots were fired air in Quetta and other towns. Over 200 houses and shops were damaged in different villages of Chaghi district. Official sources told this scribe on phone that dozens of buildings and shops in Dalbandin and its surrounding areas had been damaged, adding that hundreds of mud-houses and walls in Killi Gharibabad, Killi Dawoodabad, Killi Rashool Bakhsh, Killi Baz Muhammad, Killi Qasim Khan, Chihattar and Yek Machh had been affected; however, no loss of life was reported. Sources said a survey to assess the damages was underway. Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani directed the DG Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) for dispatching 200 blankets and 200 tents to the affected areas and asked the deputy commissioners for submitting immediate report about the losses. Agencies add: There are reports of aftershocks, though of minor nature, from various areas including Korangi, a residential and industrial locality located in east Karachi. Chief Meteorologist Mohammad Riaz said there could be aftershocks during the next week because of active fault lines in Balochistan. According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre was 84km deep although earlier reports had suggested it was shallow and only 10km beneath the surface. A woman also died of cardiac arrest in Jacobabad while three persons were taken to hospital in Multan. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani directed the NDMA to keep relief provisions ready for dealing with any emergency in the aftermath of the quake. A contingency plan was also finalised during a meeting between the prime minister and the NDMA chief later in the day. Officials said there were apparently no casualties at the epicentre because the region is sparsely populated. It is also reported while quoting ISPR that Army Aviation helicopter had reached Dalbandin area to assess the damages. People living near the epicentre in Kalat, Dalbandin and Kharan districts told CNN that some mud-walled homes were damaged but no one was hurt. People in Balochistan and Sindh said they had felt buildings sway during the quake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the quake was too far inland to have generated a tsunami in the Indian Ocean.