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7.2 earthquake in southwestern Pakistan

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Pakistan Wednesday
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Pakistan Wednesday

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

January 18, 2011 — A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has struck southwestern Pakistan.

The quake shook people awake in Karachi
The quake shook people awake in Karachi

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck a remote area of southwestern Pakistan early Wednesday morning was felt as far away as India.

According to the United States Geological Service (USGS), the quake struck at around 1:30 a.m. local time at a depth of 84 km.

So far there have been no reports of fatalities in the quake, which struck 45 km west of Dalbandin in the sparsely populated Baluchistan province. However, Nasir Baluch, a police officer, said several mud houses collapsed in a rural area outside of Karan, another town close to the epicentre.

Local television footage showed people flooding into the streets of Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, after being shaken awake.

Tremors were felt as far away as Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

Earthquakes have struck Pakistan several times in the past 100 years, according to the USGS. A magnitude 7.6 quake killed 86,000 people in 2005. The largest quake ever to strike the country, a magnitude 8.0, happened on November 27, 1945 and killed 4,000 people.

With files from the Canadian Press

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