QUETTA: Moderate earthquake thrust Balochistan

EARTH QUAKE BALOCHISTAN

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck Balochistan on Friday, but officials stated there were no immediate reports of damage or fatal accidents. The epicenter was close to the city of Sibi, in Balochistan province, at a depth of 71 kms (44 knots), a meteorological official, Mahwish Ahmad told AFP.

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The earthquake, measured by the US Geological Survey at a 4.9 magnitude, comes a week after one person was killed and 30 wounded in a series of minor tremors in Sindh. Pakistan straddles part of the limit where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates converge, earning the state susceptible to earthquakes.

The state was hit by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake on October 8, 2005 that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Azad Kashmir. A 7.7-magnitude earthquake devastated several countries in southwestern Balochistan, in September last year. It voted down at least 376 people and left about 100,000 others homeless.

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