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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

500 dead and hundreds injured after M7.7 Earthquake hit Awaran in Pakistan's Balochistan

More than 500 people have died and over 500 were injured due to the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Awaran in Balochistan province of Pakistan on 24 September 2013. Six districts of Balochistan were affected by the quake, including Awaran, Turbat, Panjgor, Chagi, Khuzdar and Gawadar. More than 100,000 people were reportedly troubled by this natural disaster. Awaran district witnessed widespread devastation, where in Tehsil Mashkay alone 55 persons died.

Awaran earthquake struck at 4:29 PM PST (11:29 GMT) and lasted for about 10 seconds. The scale of the territory involved is daunting. Awaran district has an estimated population of around 300,000, scattered over an area of more than 21,000 square kilometres (8,000 square miles). Mir Quddus Bizenjo, the deputy speaker of Balochistan Assembly, put the death toll at 150-plus in Awaran alone and told reporters by phone: "Over 50% of urban and around 90% of rural areas of the district have been ravaged by the quake".

Tremors were also felt in Quetta, Hub, Khuzdar, Qalat, Sibi, Mastung, Jafferabad, Turbat, Panjgor, Kharan, Jhal Magsi, Noshki, Kalat, Mastung, Sibi, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Lasbela, Dalbandin, Gawadar, Pasni, Ormara and and dozens of other cities and towns of the impoverished province. However, except Turbat, no loss of life reported in these areas.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the epicentre of the 7.7 magnitude earthquake was 120 KM Southwest of Khuzdar in Balochistan province at a depth of 23 kilometers. US Geological Survey measured the epicenter of Balochistan quake at 69km (41 miles) north of Awaran, Pakistan, and 270 KM north of Karachi, Pakistan.

Pakistan government and Balochistan govt ordered a massive rescue operation. Army and civil rescuers were sent to the affected region to pull out dead and injured persons as residents said dozens of people are trapped under the rubble of their collapsed houses. According to an ISPR presses release, rescue and relief operations continue in the earthquake affected areas of Balochistan by Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps troops.

Director General ISPR, Major General Asim Bajwa tweeted that 300 soldiers are already in the area, with the number expected to rise to 1000 by tomorrow morning. Khuzdar would be used as base for the rescue effort.

Several areas in Sindh including Karachi was also hit by tremors, but its duration being brief, no damage was done. People working in offices of Karachi, rushed out of their buildings. Minor tremors were also felt in India and Gulf states of UAE & Oman.

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