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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has stated that the quake was comparably shallow at 20 km (12 miles) and its epicenter was situated at 102 km (62 miles) east of Quetta
  • · The earthquake has led to the collapse of more than 100 mud houses and various government buildings as well
  • · The injured were sent to hospital immediately, however, some had to undergo treatment on stretchers placed in streets, under the phone torch lights

On Thursday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 had struck southern Pakistan, killing at least 20 people and injuring 200. The incident has been confirmed by the Disaster Management Authority Director General Naseer Nasir. The earthquake struck the area early in the morning when most of the people were sleeping.

The rescue workers have stated that among the deceased most were children and women. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake was comparably shallow at 20 km (12 miles). Its epicenter was situated at 102 km (62 miles) east of Quetta. According to Sohail Anwar, the deputy commissioner in the city of Harnai, more than 100 mud houses have collapsed due to the earthquake and a significant number of them were damaged as well.

The quake has also led to the collapse of government buildings and hundreds of people were rendered homeless. Various social media sources have portrayed the houses shaking and the light fittings swaying as the quake struck the area. It has also shown bewildered residents gathering in the streets outside their houses after some time.

The injured were sent to hospital immediately, while some had to undergo treatment under the phone torchlight, on stretchers placed in the streets. In 1935 an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 hit Quetta, killing an approximate number of 30,000 to 60,000 people. The quake has been considered to be one of the deadliest in the recorded history of South Asia.

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