Moderate earthquake hits southern Pakistan

December 21, 2013 - 7:05:04 am
KARACHI: A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit south Pakistan early yesterday, seismologists said.

The quake struck at 00.28am local time (1928GMT) at the relatively shallow depth of five kilometres (three miles), 32 kilometres west of Warah in Sindh province, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. 

In an initial assessment, the USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Pakistan was hit by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake on October 8, 2005 that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake devastated several areas, including Awaran in southwestern Baluchistan province, in September. 

It killed at least 376 people and left some 100,000 others homeless.

Huge 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit near Iran-Pakistan border on 16th April 2013.                   

AFP
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