Four killed in Mashkay as 7.2 quake hits Sindh, Balochistan
28 September, 2013
AWARAN: A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Pakistan Saturday in a region which is already devastated by a tremor which left more than 400 people dead and countless homeless on September 24.
According to the US Geological Survey which measured the earthquake at 6.8, the new quake struck the remote district of Awaran at a depth of 14 kilometres at 12:34 pm (PST).
"It was not an aftershock, it was an independent earthquake," Zahid Raif, director of the National Seismic Centre of Pakistan told our sources.
Initial reports from the area state that four people were killed in the Mashkay Tehsil while several others were trapped under the rubble of their damaged homes.
Deputy Commissioner of Awaran, Abdul Rasheed Baloch told our sources that quake destroyed hundreds of mud houses in the Mashkay area, saying that "a lot of people have been trapped under the rubble".
"The telephone system has been damaged and we are not able to talk to someone and find out the exact information about the losses... But we have reports of severe losses in that area," Baloch said.
On Tuesday, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake shattered Awaran in Balochistan. Relief efforts in the district have been thwarted by insurgent attacks on rescue convoys.