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5.1 magnitude quake hits southwest Pakistan

The epicentre of the quake was 72 km southwest of Khuzdar in Balochistan province.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Karachi |
October 12, 2013 6:02:29 pm

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake today hit southwest Pakistan and tremors were felt in some areas that were devastated by a deadly temblor last month.

The epicentre of the quake was 72 km southwest of Khuzdar in Balochistan province,according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake struck at a depth of 24.9km,Express News reported. No loss of life or property was immediately reported.

Meteorologists said the tremors were felt in Khuzdar,and towns in Awaran and Kharan districts,located near the epicentre of last month’s 7.7-magnitude quake that killed

nearly 500 people and left 100,000 others homeless.

It was Pakistan’s deadliest quake since the 2005 devastating Kashmir tremor,which killed 73,000.

Southwestern Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest province with large oil and gas reserves,but it remains impoverished and affected by political instability and a nationalist insurgency.

On September 27,an aftershock measuring 5 on the Richter scale rocked the Awaran region. A day later,a 6.8-magnitude quake hit Pakistan’s southwest and killed at least 12 people.

On October 9,tremors were felt once again in areas of Balochistan.

According to the Pakistan Army,62,429 quake-affected families have been provided aid,medical attention and tents.

The army has deployed 2,400 troops,including personnel from the Medical Corps,in the affected areas.

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