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. John in VA

    This is not going to be good. Southwestern Pakistan is Karachi and that is a VERY crowded city. Not going to be good at all I'm afraid.

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

      Yes it is, but hopefully everyone is fine.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Buckaroo

    No American aid!

    January 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Any loss of human space exploration

      Too bad you will not get your wish. 🙂

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

    Felt in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, which is not surprising as we are just across the border basically.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      I've been here in Kandahar alost 6 years and that was the biggest one yet... Gonna be some major damage from this one..

      January 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pat the bunny

    I hope Osama was in his hole and got buried.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      U ESTU pid Americans... It's not Osama, it's ur Bush Goverment that did all this

      January 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Praveen S.

    We don't need to help them. We haven't even fully cleaned up after Katrina...... Let us take care of our own.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Munib Agha

      No one really asked for your help anyway. Not yet. And Praveen these are millions of human lives we are talking about. I don't think most of the American tax payers would mind US tax dollars going to Pakistan to help people out. And maybe spending billions of dollars in Iraq and liberating their people kept the US government from helping your folks in New Orleans when the disaster struck.

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

    Before start posting awful, disgusting posts about how great it is that muslims are dead, etc, realize that these are human beings and most don't support everything in the west being blown up and the death of all non-muslims. These people live in improvished conditions and need help and most don't wish harm on others as they are just trying to survive.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim32353

      Great Post. Pray for all in need.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • JHeron

      There are a lot of sad people on here. You are absolutely correct. At the end of the day, everyone is just trying to figure out how best to live each day and survive. These poor people know hardships most of us will never know and their lives have just gotten that much harder. This is horrible news.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jim

    Hope some one grabbed the curry.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Any loss of human space exploration

    I know what happened some girls bra fell off.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Salman

    What else will go wrong with Pakistan?
    Drone attacks- Terrorism- earthquakes- Taliban- Whatelse?

    January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      India wins the next cricket World Cup?

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

      Allah pe bharosa nahi hai tumhara.

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

      This is just because of whatever bad things pakistan has done...pakistan is a threat to world and now god is taking care of it !
      but i would still pray to god no innocent should have been killed in it ,yes all terrorist must be killed.

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

      Colin:- Nehru ne kuch to achha kam kiya.

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

      you forgot deadly floods and corruption of Zardari..

      January 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Prophet

      Vaibhav:- Pakistan nahi me hu th**t is duniya ke liye.
      Hum bach gae.Nehru ne bachaya.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dude

    Your mom

    January 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Colin

    I give it ten minutes (max) before (A) some Christian god nut claims this is the Christian god punishing the Muslims for 9-11 or the recent persecution of Christians in the Middle East or (B) some Muslim Allah nut claims it is Allah punishing Muslims for not being devout enough, or (C) some Hindu Brahman nut claims its Brahman or some other Hindu god punishing Muslims for one of their many disputes with Hindus in the region.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • lena73

      well it took a lot shorter than that for an Atheist nutjob to use a natural catastrophy to hate on something that has nothing to do with this article.
      Shame on you, I hope you get to feel what those people in Pakistan felt, maybe then you'd shut the f up.

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

      Nehru ne ek kaam kiya jo humare desh ke lie faydemand raha but unke liye nahi.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Prophet

      Lena :- we have felt it years ago

      January 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ash

    felt it here in UAE. Lets just pray no one got hurt.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jim

    HEE HEE

    January 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Slappy

    Damage estimates are in the 5's of dollars.

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

      Hahaha. That just made my day.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Matthew

    We felt it here in Dubai! Two jolts shook our building on Palm Jumeirah.
    I think Pakistan is going to need everyone's help.

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

      no i dnt think so pray that the intensity is not that too much

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