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. scopedope

    Nobody lives there except the Lizards, and the Taliban.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mohammad Prophet

    jor ka zhtka hai joro se laga ah laga

    January 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dare2ask

    Re: The religious/race hatred. people please read about each others' cultures. I always say that those that truely see with both real eyes, realise real lies. just read people, use varying sources and read with your cup empty and watch and see how life works around the world...as one.
    the wise one would read on subjects that one does not understand (the wise one usually wins)

    January 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Prophet

      then why every other rel invaded one particular rel in last 1k years??

      January 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Prophet

      wise ppl get exploited and 2 rel ppl r famous for that. C and I r d starting words of those rel.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. adehas

    We were at 16th floor and it was really horrifying, as building was shivering.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • KC

      I didn't think they could stack mud huts 16 stories high.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    Let's all hope Bin-Laden and Al-Queda were absolutely crushed by falling boulders and cave-ins!!!

    January 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dare2ask

    no true religion preaches death to another...only the misguided evolved monkeys' of the devil utter thier nastiness with a faith as a front. they have no respect for thier own faith and neither do they have respect for others faiths. these people are NOT real muslims, just doing the devils work and killing innocent people in expolosions etc.

    A follower of Islam is forbidden from such acts and the muslim knows this but the terrorists who have hijacked thier respective faith and do these bad things will pay...they always pay in the end and then we humans will see that we have nothing to fear from the real jews, the real christian and the real muslim.

    Your all from the first "man" ADAM..the owners of the world.

    Did most of you know that BOTH Muslims and Christians await the return of Jesus/Isa to tackle a certain anti-christ.

    Please educate yourselves....Adam was looked down upon by the devil. The question is why?
    possible answer is : Because he was able to think for himself...free will. And yet we don't use this free will to learn. shame if you do not learn. remember your faith ain't weak...you are too weak for the faith

    January 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • dare2ask

      real eyes, realise real lies. do yours? read people read

      January 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • KC

      Of course the logical argument here is that people who have NO faith are the most free thinkers of all. I do not subscribe to ANY religion, instead I believe that God has placed within MYSELF the ability to know right from wrong (it's called a conscience) and as long as I follow that I am more on the right hand of God than someone who purports to be following a book written by men for profit. Or the followers of a religion who demand money or sacrifice in the name of God. Or for the same religions that start wars in the name of God.

      Personally I say you have much less to fear from the true NON-believer than you do the believer....because the believers are the ones starting the wars.

      January 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dare2ask

    a true student learns to learn before he learns. use your logic and apply sense. common sense as there is also a sense called nonsense

    January 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Destiny

    Felt it here in Afghanistan.. Hope everyone is ok!

    January 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rod Campox

    The earthquake was felt here in Dubai !!! Scary .

    January 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Farooq

      It was felt exactly at 11.22 Night in Khobar Saudi arabia.I am living on 5th Floor and I felt like someone swinging my bed in to and fro motion. It was really scary

      January 19, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. g-man

    God bless America and all the creatures of the earth we are moving closer to the galactic center and all you fools are going to be sucked into a black hole and you will speak no more.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Drink your juice Shelby. Drink your juice.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KC

    Someone must have drawn a picture of Mohammed.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. abhijith jayararajan

    may lord bless the soul of all da innocent people...may they rest in peace!!!

    January 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. KC

    Rumor has it that two goats and two sheep were killed in this Earthquake. That means there are four new openings in Bin Laden's harem.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hwaairfan

    While some of you guys are arguing your positions, and who is right and who is wrong, Pakistan still in recovery from 2006 earthquake, 2009 floods,and more inbetween is suffering. The Pakistani people are suffering, dying, and in need of food, shelter and healthcare. If this was to happen to you, how would feel about people around the world discussing their positions instead of helping in some little way. Imagine, this is what the people of Gaza must feel like 2 years on while the world politicizes away its humanity. Instead of talking, do something... check into Islamic Releif and see what you can do from where you are...

    January 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hwaairfan

    While some of you guys are arguing your positions, and who is right and who is wrong, Pakistan still in recovery from 2006 earthquake, 2009 floods,and more inbetween is suffering. The Pakistani people are suffering, dying, and in need of food, shelter and healthcare. If this was to happen to you, how would feel about people around the world discussing their positions instead of helping in some little way. Imagine, this is what the people of Gaza must feel like 2 years on while the world politicizes away its humanity. Instead of talking, do something... check into Islamic Relief and see what you can do from where you are...

    January 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
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