18 Jan '11, 9pm

7.2-magnitude earthquake shakes Pakistan - Channel NewsAsia via @AddThis

ISLAMABAD: A powerful earthquake hit southwest Pakistan on Wednesday, geologists said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. The quake struck at 1:23 am (2023 Tuesday GMT), with its epicentre around 50 kilometres west of the town of Dalbandin, close to the border with Afghanistan, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. Television footage showed panicked people rushing out of their homes and into the streets in very cold conditions, reciting verses from the Koran. USGS said the quake had a magnitude of 7.2 and hit at a depth of 84 kilometres, revising down an earlier report of 7.4-magnitude. The initial bulletin from USGS said the earthquake hit just 10 kilometres below the surface. At that depth, quakes can cause major destruction and loss of life. Pakistan's Meteorological Department gave a magnitude of 7.3 and located the epicentre 55 kilometres northwest of ...

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