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. Tgnola

    Those of us in New Orleans would never say don't help another victim of a natural disaster after what we've been through. The lives of too many innocent people are changed forever. NOLA survivors will be praying for those affected. It's the least we can do.

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

    Felt tremor in Bahrain!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. me

    Allah Akbar

    January 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. toktu

    update USGS http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2011ggbx.php

    January 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Supreet

    Felt it in Delhi too..

    January 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. steve

    well maybe it will get bin laden since the only SUPER POWER... cant find him..... hopefully kill a few taliban.... since the only SUPERPOWER cant seem to finish them off... amazing..

    January 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nyomythus

    God's punishment for the new Blasphemy Law, and for the misery of making Afghanistan a hinterland and stage for strategic depth for future wars against India. You could just as easily say it's because all of this wasn't done sooner.

    I hope for a shift aid response for the needy.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Praveen

    We felt a bit of quake in Dubai as well..and friends felt in Bahrain as well..and back home in rajasthan, every1 is out of their homes as everyone got up out of surprise and scare. Peace to all..in Pakistan and India

    January 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. valve

    If wikileaks releases swiss bank accts of indians having 1.71 trillion dollars in Swiss Bank.
    Then we could give some millions to pakis who live in our land to repair it.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pakistani

      lol.. it was never ur land in the first place. and admit it we separated.. its not ur land..stop being a cry baby and get over it!

      January 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kuuipo

    I send prayers and positive thoughts for all of the Pakistani people affected by this disaster. I hope and pray that help is sent very quickly this time.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chase

    @Ryan: Um, how is this ironic? I'm convinced that the majority of the poplulation that uses that word, have no idea what it means.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mando

    All my prayers for each and everyone in india... May Allah 'God' Protect this country and bless it forever and make all citizen out there in good health ;(

    January 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rohit

      thankyou mando and i pray the same for you 🙂

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

    i m in Lhr right now.
    but i didnt felt it.
    Allah bless us all.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Moxx

    Yeah we felt this earth quake .. Horrible

    January 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mallory

    That's a pretty big earthquake. Hope people are OK. So many earthquakes are happening lately.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
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