Magnitude-7.4 earthquake hits southwestern Pakistan

08:17, January 19, 2011      

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At least ten houses were damaged following a 7.4-magnitude earthquake that hit southwestern Pakistan on early Wednesday morning, sources told Xinhua.

According to the sources, the houses damaged in the earthquake were in Quetta, capital city of Balochistan province. But details about the damage are not immediately available.

Sources in Karachi also informed Xinhua that a three-story building collapsed in the city during the earthquake. But details about the casualties are not known at the moment of this time.

Local media quoted meteorological officials as saying that the epicenter was located in the Kharan area of Balochistan province. Meteorological officials warned that there might be aftershocks following the earthquake.

The earthquake that took place at about 1:23 a.m. local time Wednesday (2023 GMT Tuesday) jolted most major cities in the southwestern and southern parts of the country, including Quetta, Karachi and Multan. Strong tremors were also felt in the country's eastern city of Lahore.

Source: Xinhua

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