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5.3-Magnitude Quake Hits Balochistan

by AFP


No immediate loss of life or property reported in aftermath of tremors.

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck Balochistan province on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but local officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake struck at a depth of 27 kilometers, with its epicenter located 82 kilometers south west of Khuzdar district, where people felt the shockwave.

Local meteorologists measured the quake at 5.5 magnitude with a depth of just 10 kilometers, and 70 kilometers from Khuzdar.

“The magnitude of the earthquake was recorded 5.5 and its depth was 10 kilometers,” said Muhammad Shafique, a meteorologist at Pakistan’s met office.

Administration officials said there were no immediate reports of any loss of life or property.

Pakistan straddles part of the boundary where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, making the country susceptible to earthquakes. It was hit by a 7.6-magnitude quake on Oct. 8, 2005 that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake devastated several areas in Balochistan in September 2013, killing at least 370 people and leaving 100,000 homeless.

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