A moderate earthquake in Quetta, Pakistan, rubbed buildings and killed at least 20 people
- Municipalities say 15-20 people are expected to die and increase
- The quake was measured at magnitude 5.7 and was upgraded from 5.4
- Its epicenter was located 63 miles east-northeast of the city of Quetta.
- Many of the victims died when roofs and walls collapsed, according to local officials.
- He said a woman and six children were among the 20 dead
About 20 people died after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the south Pakistan In the dark early Thursday, government officials said.
Many of the victims died when the roofs and walls collapsed, state government official Suhail Anwar Hashmi said Thursday.
He said a woman and six children were among the 20 dead.
“We have received information that 20 people have been killed in the quake. Rescue operations are underway,” added state interior minister Mir Zia ullah Langau.
Photo: Map showing the location of the earthquake more than 60 miles east-northeast of Quetta
Naseer Nasar, head of Balochistan’s state disaster management authority, said 15 to 20 people were killed, but the number of casualties could increase.
The most affected area was Harnai, a remote mountainous region in Balochistan. There is a lack of coverage of paved roads, electricity and cell phones, which hinders rescue operations.
According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude of the quake was 5.7, an upgrade from the previous 5.4, occurring at a depth of about 12 miles around 3 am, with an epicenter 63 miles east-northeast of Quetta, Pakistan.
Quetta, Pakistan’s tenth largest city, is home to more than a million people.
In October 2015, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing nearly 400 people on rugged terrain and hampering relief efforts.
The country was also hit by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake on October 8, 2005, killing more than 73,000 people and leaving about 3.5 million homes in Kashmir, which is dominated by Pakistan.
It is estimated that in 1935, Quetta was largely destroyed by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake, killing 30,000 to 60,000 people.
At least 20 people were killed in a moderate earthquake that struck the Pakistani city of Quetta
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