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7.8 magnitude earthquake in Pakistan kills 10, tremors felt in Delhi

NEW DELHI (PTI): A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing ten persons and damaging several houses near the epicentre in Balochistan province.

Following the earthquake in Pakistan, tremors were felt in the national capital. Met department said latitude of the quake was 27 degree North and longitude was 65.7 degree East.

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The tremors were felt at around 5 PM. There were no immediate report of any casualties or damage.

Emergency declared in hospitals

Ten persons were killed and several houses and shops were damaged in Awaran area of Khuzdar district in Balochistan, located near the epicentre, media reports said. An emergency was declared in hospitals in Awaran.

Two bodies were pulled out of the debris of a collapsed building. At least eight injured persons were taken to hospital, media reports said.

Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik declared an emergency in Awaran, about seven to eight hours’ drive from Quetta, the provincial capital.

The tremors that lasted almost a minute caused widespread panic in cities of Sindh province like Karachi and Hyderabad. People rushed out of their offices and homes in Karachi, the country’s largest city, and other parts of Sindh and Balochistan provinces.

The temblor, which had its epicentre 69 km from Awaran, was originally measured at 7.4 on the Richter Scale by the US Geological Survey which later revised it to 7.8. Pakistan’s meteorological office gave the magnitude as 7.7.

The quake struck at 4.29 pm Pakistani time at a depth of 23 kilometres.

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Reports said the quake was also felt in towns and cities like Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

National Seismic Monitoring Centre Director Zahid Rafi said that the tremors were of “great intensity” in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, and in some remote areas of the province. The tremors could have caused damage and casualties, he said.

“The affected areas include Jaffarabad, Noskhi, Kalat, Windar, Naseerabad, Phunjgur and Mastung,” Rafi said.

“The shockwaves were strong enough to even be felt in Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Khairpur and Larkana,” he said. There were chances of aftershocks in these areas, Rafi said.

People in Karachi rushed out in panic on I I Chundrigar Road, the main thoroughfare in the financial district, when tremors were first felt in the city.

“I could feel the chair I was sitting on moving and shaking and there were shouts of ‘earthquake, earthquake’ and we all rushed out of our building,” said banker Sameera.

Residents of Clifton, Defence, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Bahadurabad too ran out of their homes and offices after feeling the jolts.

Samaa news channel reported that the quake had caused damage in some parts of Balochistan, where mobile phone networks had gone down.

Administration officials confirmed that they had declared an emergency in some areas and called in rescue workers, the channel reported.

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