Major earthquake strikes southwestern Pakistan
January 18th, 2011
03:42 PM ET

Major earthquake strikes southwestern Pakistan

[Updated at 4:47 p.m. ET] An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 struck
Wednesday morning in a remote area of southwestern Pakistan, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The earthquake occurred at 1:23 a.m. (3:23 p.m. Tuesday ET) at a depth of 84 kilometers (52 miles). It was centered 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Dalbandin; 255 kilometers (158 miles) west of Kalat; 310 kilometers (192 miles) east-southeast of Zahedan, Iran; and 1,020 kilometers (633 miles) west-southwest of Islamabad, Pakistan, the USGS said on its website.

USGS initially reported the quake at 7.4. Quakes of 7.0 to 7.9 are classified as major; anything over 8.0 is classified as great.

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  1. Tracy Murray

    Good lord , I hope everybody is okay .

    January 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ironsman

      Except for Osama bin Laden. He can die. And any other Taliban/ al Qaeda nutjobs.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diemuslims

      Not me, more taken out the better.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrew

      Yeah, all the Terrorists are safe...

      January 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Here in Dubai I felt it too....which is like 1200 km from the epicenter...hope it struck uninhabited areas 🙁

      January 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Bin Laden

      It is Allah's will for all the violence that has come to the rest of the world from this region.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike wilson

      yea Chris I felt it here in Fort Worth Texas too!!!

      January 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shahzada Hatim

    2011 is already at a bad start with natural disasters all over the world.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • InSanskrit

      This year is called Vikirtha Nama Savtra == Year of Disasters in Sanskrit from Hindu Calender.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan

    How ironic

    January 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Derek

    Heard it was even felt in India.... Thats how big the tremor was...

    January 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tarfa

      it was felt in UAE and some people in the eastern regions of Saudi Arabia reported feeling the quake as well
      God be with them.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ankit

    Epicentre ?

    January 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Dude

      28.827°N, 63.974°E

      January 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. OSAMA

    Bin Laden must be buried...haha

    January 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • kake79

      The only downside to that would be us never finding his body to prove he's actually dead.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynseypug

      Probably not that lucky but hopefully he's at least all shook up.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saladin

      Don't worry he will still send you tapes from his grave when your president needs to scare his ignorant public!

      January 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • impulse94

      That just means he's in love. Thank you. Thank you very much.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ram

    Earth Quake is felt in major parts of North India too !

    January 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Syed younus

    I live in Karachi earthquake struck here just now ! Please pray for us !

    January 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • gary

      You still have internet ... lol

      January 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asad

      inshallah everything will be fine 🙂

      January 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • joseph campagna

      I will pray for you and Pakistan people.,I was a GI in Peshawar in the 60s and do know about the suffering the people have had in the past .cjc

      January 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • monalisa

      we are gonna pray you and d rest of d world where the earth quake was affect take heart and keep puting your trust and hope on the good LORD....

      January 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karthi

      Dont worry friend... we are with you...

      January 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rohit

      I am an indian and i pray for all fellow pakistanis that they are all well ...

      January 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @Syed Younus, I can only pray in Buddhism, can you accept that? Otherwise, I can not do it for you.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jia Saheb

    Have felt tremors in Dubai 10 mts ago

    January 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Joe

    Hopefully it killed a lot of the radicals

    January 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat the bunny

      Amen!

      January 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • pdikeman

      (Joey.....go to yer room!)

      January 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beware_of_God

      Would you say that if it happened in Alabama or Texas? They are full of our own brand of ignorant radicals. Heck Texas will be executing someone new any minute now.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saladin

      You mean the Americans killing and raping there? I WISH!

      January 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Arsalan Iqtidar Khan

    May God help our country.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kamshaft

      Inshallah you will all be fine.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karthi

      Dont worry my friend.. we are with you...

      January 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. billybear3

    So sorry for the area. On the other hand maybe this earthquake got Bin Laden.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BBK

    It was felt in Dubai too

    January 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Any loss of human space exploration

    I hope that the center was Bin Laden's cave.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yes

      Please don't say that. He should be caught and tortured to death, he shouldn't die from a natural disaster :p

      January 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Prophet

      i hope that's mine

      January 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mr. Perfect

    Boo-hoo.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • aj

      hope an earthquake hits your trailer park and your home on wheels rolls off a cliff

      January 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
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