|People evacuate from buildings after a severe earthquake, in Karachi, south Pakistan, Sept. 24, 2013. Moderate damages were reported after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan's southwest province of Balochistan on Tuesday afternoon, according to local officials and media reports. Previously the China Earthquake Networks Center reported the earthquake jolted Pakistan at 7:29 p.m. Tuesday (Beijing Time) to be 7.8-magnitude. (Xinhua/Masroor)
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ISLAMABAD, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- A total of 208 people have been killed in a powerful earthquake that hit Pakistan's southwest province of Balochistan on Tuesday afternoon, said a local official Wednesday.
Jan Muhammad Buledi, spokesperson of Balochistan government, told the media that 145 people were killed in Awaran, the most-hit area in the earthquake, 55 dead in Mashkai and eight died in Turbat.
Local media said 395 people were also injured in the 7.7- magnitude earthquake.
Strong quake hits Pakistan, Army kicks off rescue operation
ISLAMABAD, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan army started rescue operation in the country's southwest Balochistan province that was hit by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday afternoon, the military said.
The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the mouthpiece of Pakistan army, said that they had dispatched a rescue team constituting of 200 soldiers to the worst-hit area of Awaran for helping local rescue teams of district administration to pull stranded people from the debris of the houses collapsed in the earthquake. "Helicopters carrying medical staff, medicine, tents and food have left for the quake-hit area for providing relief to the people", said the report. Full Story
Damages reported following major quake in SW Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Moderate damages were reported after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan's southwest province of Balochistan on Tuesday afternoon, according to local officials and media reports.
Local Urdu TV channel Geo said that two people were killed and eight others injured in Awaran, a small town most close to the epicenter of the earthquake. Full Story
7.7-magnitude earthquake hits SW Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake of 7.7 magnitude hit Pakistan's southwest Balochistan Province on Tuesday afternoon, said Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).
According to PMD, the earthquake took place at 16:29:49 ( Pakistan Standard Time) with the epicenter determined to be 120 km southwest of Khuzdar in central part of Balochistan. Full Story