Houses collapse after earthquake hits southern Pakistan

Initial studies say no less than 20 folks lifeless after magnitude 5.7 quake strikes east of Quetta.

At least 20 folks have been killed and 100 injured after an earthquake hit southern Pakistan within the early hours of Thursday morning, a senior Balochistan official advised Al Jazeera.

“There has been quite a lot of landsliding, and teams are currently working to clear the roads to the area,” Balochistan Home Minister Zia Langove advised Al Jazeera by phone as he confirmed the newest loss of life toll.

Rescue officers will have the ability to conduct a extra correct evaluation of the harm as soon as they’ve entry to the world, he mentioned.

Langove mentioned many of the casualties seemed to be the results of homes having collapsed.

The earthquake struck at about 3am (22:00 GMT), as many individuals have been sleeping, near Harnai, a distant, mountainous metropolis about 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of town of Quetta, Balochistan’s provincial capital, which is near to the Afghanistan border.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) recorded the earthquake at a magnitude of 5.7, upgraded from an earlier magnitude of 5.4.

The US Geological Survey mentioned the quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and a depth of about 20 kilometres (12 miles).

Pakistan is inclined to earthquakes because it straddles the boundary the place the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates meet.

With reporting from Al Jazeera correspondent Asad Hashim.


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