Thursday, September 26, 2013

Over 348 dead in Pakistan Earthquake

Photo By Arshad Butt [Source]

A powerful earthquake that rocked many parts of Balochistan and Sindh provinces of Pakistan on Monday, has left more than 348 people dead with more than 500 people injured..

The earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit the generally inhabited areas of Balochistan where people live in mud houses, which obviously could not sustain the powerful jolt. 

The massive quake was centred in Awaran district, one of the poorest in Pakistan's most impoverished province, Balochistan. The area's medical infrastructure has struggled to care for the hundreds of injured who were crushed beneath mud brick houses when the quake struck. 

Pakistan Army and the Frontier Corps personnel are busy round the clock to provide shelters and remove dead and injured form the rubble of the collapsed houses.

Tuesday evening's earthquake was so violent, that it has created a new small island from the sea floor. The new island has appeared off the coast of Gwadar in the Arabian Sea, and is estimated to be about 30 meters long and around 10 meters high.

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