Massive Earthquake hits Pakistan

Posted: January 18, 2011 in Articles

South-West Pakistan has been sent reeling after being subjected to a shallow 7.4 magnitude earthquake. The area affected is primarily a desert area bordering Iran and Afghanistan, the US geological Survey says.

The earthquake reportedly struck at a depth of just 10km (6.2 miles). The quake occurred at roughly half 8 GMT on Tuesday, some 55km (34 miles) west of Dalbandin in Pakistan.

Just seven hundred kilometres from the quakes location are the Pakistani city of Quetta and the Iranian cirt of Zahedan.

In 2005 a 7.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in October near Kashmir and killed around 73,000 people.

Luckily the area that was hit by the earthquake is sparsely populated and is known as a seismically active area of the Earth.

We do not yet have any details of damage caused by the quake however, early reports say that the earthquake was felt in neighbouring provinces.

Pakistan is still in turmoil as it battled Taliban militants in several tribal areas and is also dealing with the aftermath of devastating floods caused by the monsoon season in 2010.

 

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