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. radha

    I am surprised at the hate comments. This is an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 and it does not matter which country it is; as humans we should come together n pray for the fellow humans who are affected by this massive earthquake.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. khan

    its so sad alots of em are making fun god forbid if its happen at ur location what will be your emotion shame on you pray to god coz i felt earth shaking around and its horrible ALlah forgive me

    January 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mysterious

    They said the US made the earthquake happen in Haiti from a practice test of a weapon they have. Meant to hit the middle east when ready. Crazy how this happens today after this all was said months ago. Just sayin...

    January 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Human 1st

    Any creature born to a human would never make such lousy comments on helpless innocent people. This is a sign of their cowardice. I hope everyone is safe in and around Pakistan.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SDRT

    Tremors were felt at 2:02 Am, in India, Magnitude of 7.4 as reported by news channels.. Thanks 2 God For no Damage , hope everyone is safe...

    January 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nabi

    The erathquake was intense hope everybody is fine!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NZ

    This is hilarious!
    You all are extremists with different backgrounds
    This is what makes people atheists!
    You guys are disgusting... would never want to associate myself to any of your religions... as you can they .. it makes you a RETARDS..Muslims or non...
    whateve! Hope there was no damage .. hope people are ok!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Prophet

      sheep shagger

      January 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pakistani

    i can say alot of stuff about u blood sucking hatred spreading indians..its better if u keep ur pie**** shut! we PAKISTANIs as a nation has faced alot. and by ALLAHs WILL we will come out of it too!. rather than praying u all are spreading hatred.. wow.. im amazed.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Prophet

      jab tumhare bhutto madam ne kashmiriyo ko bhadkaya tha pandits ko marne ke liye tab kaha tha tu.
      me jindu hu.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pakistani

      illegally lo gay to pito ge to sahi.. ghalat qaba hai tumhara kashmir per to maar to parni hi hai!

      January 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pakistani

      u have illegal occupation over kashmir...Kashmiris are freedom fighters not terrorist.. U INDIANS are terrorsit becaus you have taken over their land. so leave and stop bugging them and they wud do the same with u.. PEACE!

      January 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Prophet

      1990 ke baat kar raha hu be.
      kashmir kashyap Muni ka tha not of my extremist ppl.

      my rel hate non muslims and is capable of influence them to do wrong stuffs.
      chutiye pehle baadh , kashmir me earthquake ab fir paki me.

      achha hua hum waha nahi hai.

      legality ke baat karta hai hindustan me bc.

      paki,afg,ban tumhare baap ka nahi tha, hindustan tha.
      tumlog ne to hind ke pak and afg ka naam puri duniya me kharab to kar he diya he par kashmir ka nahi hone dege.
      allha hu akbar hu allah hu akbar

      January 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pakistani

      watever dude ur some kinda freak.. i dun even want to talk to u.. its better to be quite infront of the less knowledgeable!

      January 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. shez

    im in Pakistan near multan just felt this earth quake. horrible sound, shaking walls... can't tell you the exact feeling. my blood breezing

    January 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ian

    Anyone who says 'WOO YEA GOD KILL MORE MUSLIMS WITH EARTHQUAKES YEA!' is retarded. Because many Christians (NOT ALL) Are being D-Bags on this post i will be a D-Bag, before you concern yourselves with Islam perhaps you should take care of those Priests who molest children.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Junior

    Perhaps this is retribution for the body guard (and subsequent folk hero) killing the only merciful politician in Pakistan, who's only apparent crime was requesting lenience in the trial of a Christian woman for blasphemy against Islam. Still, I hope the innocents are spared suffering. Unfortunately, it's usually the innocent that pay the biggest price for the wickedness of a few - especially if those few are running the country. May God have mercy on their souls.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dare2ask

    no tremors in britain ro report. I must say that the views,funny or not, and behaviour of some persons commenting in here is rather poor and uncivilised towards our fellow humans. most of you may belong to a faith...none of them ask you to mock one another, more so to mock one another in a time when all our hearts should unite in offering any assistance we can to help our human family; is just disgusting and shows that some may have evolved from apes but still lack the humanity and a soul that make us human.

    time to act foolish takes a few moments; occupies mere seconds in time and space: to offer a thought is usually eternal and we must say things that cannot be regretful. Think, Think again and speak. simple

    January 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pakistani

    MAY ALLAH BLESS PAKISTAN AND THE REST OF THE PEACE LOVING WORLD.AMEN....really appreciate some concerned views from brothers and sisters across the globe. really appreciate it. GOD BLESS U AND US ALL!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Prophet

      mast joke tha

      January 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pakistani

      tujh jaisaon ke liye to hoga hi.. phadday dalwatay hain logon ke beech main!

      January 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. navjot

    felt the earthquake in india!!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Prophet

      so it requires an earthquake to pop that word out of ur mouth gr8

      January 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
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