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. JJC

    I find it ironic that the religious are always ready to blame natural disasters that affect other people on a sign that god is angry at them. Like Bin Laden and Taliban did after the Tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands. If I was to guess though, I don't think they will take this as a sign that god is angry with the very region these idots are currently in. Now if Falwell and company can just be hit by a hurricane it will be the icing on the cake.

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

      It isn't all religious people... I'm religious. It's the stupid people that do that. Religion has nothing to do with it.

      February 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    Just another sigh that God is unhappy with the Pakistanis for harboring the taliban. As soon as they give them up things will subside. I am sure the US would gladly give 500 dollars in aid for any taliban turned in alive.

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

      Thanks for proving my point. See above where I wrote "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 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • RZ

      Jack, you work in God's office? you seem to know a lot about his sentiments.

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

      Really? Shows what you know. Christians believe that God is all forgiving. He doesn't go around killing people with earthquakes. That would be the Greek gods. The devil is the cause of evil not God. Why don't you pick up a bible or go to church for once? You can't just blame things like this on God. I hope you don't consider yourself a Christian. If you do then you need to go pray for forgiveness.

      And I pretty sure that a human being is worth more then 500 dollars.

      February 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. david

    i felt it in doha qatar about 15 min ago

    January 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Asif Zardari

    We are in a desperate situation right now! Please donate generously, 10% more than you did last time!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susanne M. Dickmann

      Asif, if you really are Asif Ali Al Zardari – you should start by giving back the 10% you pocketed by skimmed off the top of everything you received.

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

    one acronym HAARP

    January 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John Paul

    Just stop it. People are most likely dead. This isn't something to joke about whether you are christian, jewish or muslim. People are dead, people are hurt and their losses diminish us all.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Morbo

    The humans are becoming increasingly more adept with their HAARP weapon. Muhuhahahaha!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mustafa Mohammed Al-Jabbar Thompson

    Quake notwithstanding we still hate all of you infidels. But please send aid now!!!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jOeschm0e

    why dont all these rich countries that are filthy rich off the oil they reap help their own????????

    January 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sarah

    it's Obama's fault!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cheryl martin

    God Bless Them;The 2011 is really having a rough start–[ALL OVER THE WORLD]!!!lET'S HOPE AND PRAY IT WAS IN A REMOTE AREA THAT DID NOT HURT OR HARM MANY PEOPLE.......I know us in California would pretty much be wiped out in a magnitude 7.0 earthquake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

      Doubt that, I hope there wasn't many deaths, but this area is a bit densily populated, also in Afghanistan and India. The 2005 Kishimir Earthquake had a final death toll of about 79,000 deaths, the 18th deadliest earthquake in recorded history.

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

    America has enough to deal with within her own borders, but instead I'm sure we'll be sending billions in aid that we'll never see repaid. So I say who cares? Let the Paki's fall into a big crater along with the rest of the anus of the world called the Middle East.
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    January 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. concernedcitizen

    aide will go to radicals, IIS and other terrorist outfits...

    January 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. vidkid

    Allah farted!

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

      oimg how do u knw that

      January 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Viki

    God keep everyone safe.

    But really Pakistani people you create much more destruction than mother nature.

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