Wednesday 17 January 2018

At least 30 dead after earthquake rocks Pakistan

A powerful earthquake killed at least 30 people in Pakistan's western province of Baluchistan today and destroyed scores of houses in a remote mountainous area, a local official said.

Abdul Qadoos, deputy speaker of the Baluchistan assembly, told Reuters that 30 people and at least 30 percent of houses in the impoverished Awaran district had been destroyed.

Tremors were felt as far away as the Indian capital of New Delhi, hundreds of miles to the east, where buildings shook, as well as the sprawling port city of Karachi in Pakistan.

The United States Geological Survey said that a 7.8 magnitude quake struck 145 miles southeast of Dalbandin in Pakistan's western province of Baluchistan.

In the Baluch regional capital of Quetta, officials said some areas appeared to be badly damaged.

Baluch chief secretary Babar Yaqoob said six people died in the quake in the Awaran district, adding that 25 were injured and the death toll was expected to increase. A rescue operation had begun.

The epicentre was in a remote, mountainous area of Baluchistan with no major industrial installations.

"We are trying to assess the damage," said Baluch Home Secretary Asad Gilani.

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