The quake had a magnitude of 6.2 to 6.4 on the Richter scale, and its epicentre was in the high-altitude Hindu Kush at a depth of about 180 kilometres, Pakistani authorities said.
Pakistani broadcaster Geo News reported that frightened people were seen running into the streets of major cities, including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Lahore.
At least five people died and several were injured in different areas of Pakistan's remote, mountainous, northern parts.
The earthquake triggered a landslide in the Mirpur region of Pakistan-administered Kashmir and demolished a house and killed three people. Three more were injured.
Residents of the border town of Uri in Baramulla, 80 kilometres west of state capital Srinagar, rushed out of their homes and did not return for a couple of hours out of fear of aftershocks.
Geologists say Kashmir is located in a zone of high seismic activity.Srinagar falls in Seismic Zone-V and other parts of Indian Kashmir in Seismic Zone IV.A high intensity quake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale with its epicenter in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir shook the region on Oct 8, 2005, causing large scale destruction killing 80,000 people.
It was not only in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India but The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that three earthquakes struck Thursday night near The Geysers in Sonoma County.
According to the USGS, the first earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.1 struck around 8:55 p.m., and at a depth just under one mile. The quake was centered three miles northeast of The Geysers and 14 miles east of Cloverdale, according to the USGS.
The second earthquake, a 3.2 - magnitude, struck at around 11:45 p.m. and at a depth of 1.9 miles, according to the USGS. The quake was centered three miles east of The Geysers and 14 miles east of Cloverdale, according to the USGS.
The third earthquake, a 2.2 - magnitude event, struck at around 11:50 p.m., according to the USGS. The quake was centered two miles northeast of The Geysers and 13 miles east of Cloverdale, according to the USGS.