Earthquake Hits Southwest Pakistan

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake rattled southwest Pakistan on Wednesday, geologists said. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

The intense quake hit at about 1:23 a.m. (2023 Tuesday GMT) about 29 miles west-southwest of the city of Dalandin, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or building damage in the rural region, AFP reports.

The original USGS report said the shaker had a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 and struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). Quakes that shallow can cause major devastation, CNN reports.

The USGS said in a revised bulletin that the tremor hit at a depth of 84 kilometers (52 miles).

“The earthquake occurred at around 1:23 am and it was felt in Baluchistan, Sindh and southern Punjab provinces,” chief meteorologist Mohammad Riaz told AFP.

“There could be aftershocks during the next week — there are active fault lines in Baluchistan.”

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck Northern Pakistan on Oct. 8, 2005, leaving over 73,000 dead and about 3.5 million homeless.

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