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.

Did you feel the quake? Share stories, photos and videos

Post by:
Filed under: Pakistan
soundoff (431 Responses)
  1. MILITARY FAMILY

    LETS PRAY THAT EVERYBODY IS OKAY AND ALSO TO OUR TROOPS THAT ARE THERE!!!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayne

      Thank you for a positive post. We will be praying too. - Another military family

      January 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Whatabouttheinnocents

    All these comments and so few show any compassion at all. That's just sad.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. allah nawaz khaskheli

    tremers felt in thatta sindh pakistan......may ALLAH BLESS THE HUMANITY

    January 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anonymous

    Dear God. Please have killed Bin Laden in this quake, and as many Al Qaeda as possible. Amen.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. polo

    happy happy, joy joy! I will definitely pray that all the unjust muslim die!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. anon

    tremors felt all around..... dubai, qatar, bahrain... seriously time for ppl to be human 1st... real pathetic bloggers around whu should realize nxt tremor can strike dem and it wont be funny or extremist to them when that happens i bet

    January 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jonnyposter

    God is just protecting us. This ought to shake up the al qaeda pretty good. At least scare them like when the British Attacked Washington during the war of 1812, a hurricane immediately hit and a tornado tore right through the city. Some of the couldn't even hold onto the ground. They retreated in fear as the heavy rain put out the fires. In the end, who won that war? God is on our side so in our battle against evil who do you think will win? Answer: us (of course). I hope at least Bin Laden spilled some hot coffee on himself and is apologizing to God for being so evil, lest he spill coffee upon hisself again. I can imagine all the rattled radicals running around in circles crying out "Alla Akhbar Alla Ahkbar", and Alla looking down at them casting fireballs at them from the sky with an angry look on his face, stomping on the ground casuing earthquakes.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. andrew bond

    houses have collapsed, bodies everywhere.my house is collapsing.nooooo

    January 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. planetx

    Another earthquake "Well" Think what you want But some of us know and seek the truth

    January 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. andrew bond

    houses have collapsed, bodies everywhere.my house is collapsing.nooooo,im going to die

    January 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Khurram Rashdi

    I'm in Karachi and felt it, although it hit twice for 5-10 seconds, so it was not big, but since we were away from epicenter so can't say how it was felt near epicenter. I have also witnessed last earthquake of Kashmir and that remained for almost 2-3 minutes and with more magnitude and that damaged a lot. Specially poors who lived in muddy houses or tall buildings like Margalla hills in Islamabad and many other places near epicenter. Current one has spread around India, Pakistan, Iran, Dubai and Bahrain and might be few other countries as well. Few tall buildings have cracks and people are terrorized. After shocks normally witnesses within 24-36 hours. May God keep everyone safe.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dr. Mansoor

    It was very terrifying moment getting the feel of this gigantic wave of Quake in pakistan.....specially in larkana. I was studying when this mammoth took place. I was sure to die the moment next this. But Allah pak saved us. I called upon Panjtan Pak and i think it was bcz of them that we were saved.....

    January 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chase

    @sam: No. @tammy: And santa clause brings me presents when I'm good.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tulsa

    Would you idiots just shut up? Good God, no wonder people around the world despise us here in the US.
    This is about the people of Pakistan. We wish for you all good things.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 007

    Just the way I like it, shaken not stirred!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15