The southwest region of Pakistan was hit by a massive earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale on September 24, 2013. Tremors were so strong that they were felt across the entire region and went as far as New Delhi, India.
The epicenter of the powerful earthquake was in Baluchistan province, which is located just 69 km north-northeast of the closest city of Awaran. The earthquake was measured at 7.8 magnitude by the US Geological Survey and the Pakistan’s Geo TV reported that the quake lasted for about two minutes. The earthquake’s epicenter was in a remote area of Pakistan, at a depth of 15 km, but tremors were also felt in the neighboring country India.
After the earthquake, a ‘RED’ alert was issued in the wake of the natural disaster. The natural disaster damaged houses in the Awarand district and an unspecified number of people have been injured during the massive earthquake. The injured are being taken to the nearby hospitals and their official number still needs to be confirmed at some point.
There are about 337,980 people within 100 km of the quake’s epicenter, who are likely to be affected by such a strong natural disaster. This is the second earthquake in 2013, after the one in April 2013, which hit the Iran-Pakistan border.
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