Sunday 15 December 2019

Earthquake kills one in Pakistan

A moderate earthquake has rattled several towns in southern Pakistan, killing one person and wounding 70, a government official said.

The magnitude five quake struck the district of Nawabshah, about 240 miles north east of Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province, said Roshan Ali Sheikh, the top official at the province's rehabilitation and disaster management department.

It hit around 4am local time while many still slept, causing panic, he said.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 and struck some 7.5 miles north of Nawabshah. It said the quake had a depth of 9.7 miles.

Mr Sheikh said at least 25 mud-brick homes collapsed in the quake-hit district and authorities were still assessing the damage. Some of those injured were listed in critical condition at a government hospital.

Earlier, local television stations in Pakistan reported that walls came down and people fled their homes with their children.

Pakistan is often hit by earthquakes. In September 2013, a 7.7-magnitude quake struck its province of Baluchistan, killing at least 376 people and pushing a new island up in the Arabian Sea.

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