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. B

    Iit was felt in Doha, Qatar!!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TheEnD

    The end indeed is nearer, Brazil – floods, Australia – floods, Philippines – floods, India – stampede, Pakistan – Floods + Bomb-blasts, + Shootings + now Earthquakes, Afghanistan – bomb-blasts, Russia – plane crash, China – floods, mud-slides, Europe – Floods + heavy snowfall, US – few shootings here and there with 3-4 dead. If this doesn't end everything completely, sooner or later some or the other tensions between some desperate nations is going to rise like N-S Korea, Iran, India-Pakistan, Turkey, etc.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Vaibhav khanna

    I am in delhi and it has been felt here , we are in office and we quickly mooved out.
    I would pray to god ..No innocent should have been killed in this quake...
    N i would pray that all terrorist should have been killed in it.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Christopher Camacho

    We felt it in Kandahar, Afghanistan. No damage over here though.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Loeman

    On one hand these I pray for those who are innocent and the children etc....on the other hand America should have no part in aiding them, as one commenter already stated WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN FIRST. Why can't another country step in and take charge, America has done enough and we need to repair our failing system before we help others...think of the starving homeless children in this country

    January 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mohit

    Pray to GOD have more Earthquake. So that Population will Reduce.

    I am praying TOO

    January 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vaibhav

      why dont you kill yourself first MOHIT instead of praying for other...

      January 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. King S

    may god bless all....

    January 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ali

    Pakistani's are not bad no one is bad no christian jews no one is bad only the bad one is bad people for god sake for the sake of humanity don't behave like this

    January 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Prophet

      then why kashmiri pandits live in exile for 22 yrs.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wahaj Kay

    here in karachi. just few minutes ago felt the quake, reports are there that there might be aftershocks after this. god bless us all. cant sleep now after this.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nathan

    I'm a soldier currnetly deployed to Afghanistan. We felt the trimmers here in Kandahar, Afghanistan

    January 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • jt

      Thank you Nathan Stay Safe!

      January 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      I bet Bin Laden will be found this time.
      Buried under rocks.

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

      Thank you spelling police. I had no idea what he was talking about when he wrote trimmers. You people are sad that you have to point out a spelling error when someone quickly typed a post on a message board after a major earth quake.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • HamptonWilliams

      My daughter works for Ronco on the base in Kandahar. I sure was glad to see your post. Haven't heard from her yet but feel much better after seeing your post . Thanks

      January 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • BIll

      Thank you for your service, be safe WE are so greatful for what you and your buddies are doing for us. Stay safe and God speed to you comming home to your family. Best wishes and safe return to the USA.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ExiledAngel

      @Marcus, your an A$$, idiots like you don't belong in the U.S.A.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynn

      My first thought was for all of you serving over there and sending a prayer that you're all kept safe from harm and that the earthquake doesn't hurt any of you. May your angels watch over and protect you and your fellow service personnel.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • R. Kershaw

      Be safe, and may the Lord be with you.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Wow David B. You sure are a bitter, cranky person. I bet your mother would be ashamed at your lack of manners. The man is busting his butt, fighting for his country, probably hasn't slept in a few days, and you need to point out a silly little spelling error? I'd like to see how coherant and functional your writing would be if you were in his situation.

      Nathan, Thanks for the update, for your service, and please stay safe.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      Sounds like a serious amount of area was probably impacted, godspeed.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • psmail2

      A cleric will say a woman must have lifted her burqa up over her head in public, exposing her Victoria Secret lingerie, causing the earthquake.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonnyposter

      In all due respect to their religions (or varying degrees of it) and their culture,this act of God must have punished many of the radicals in those parts. Now I just hope we can find Bin Laden crushed under the rubble, but still alive so he can be brought to trial for his thousands of murders so can be shamed before the world and then hung for his crimes.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • kishore

      David.B., dude, you put your foot in your mouth on that one, didn't you?! Stay classy, my friend.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Humanityislost

      @ExiledAngel, well said!!!!

      What the hell is wrong with some of you?

      January 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx .

      Allah is mad as hell and wants us out of there so come home before he gets really mad .

      January 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • MY

      Keeping you troops in our prayers !!!!

      January 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stanley Varghese

      Hello Nathan, Glad that you are fine. Stay safe! Elsewhere i hope things are okay. Stay safe everyone. God bless!

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

    Wow. Hate does not take very long to respond at all!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Pray to GOD THAT THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN HERE, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HATE WHEN INNOCENT CHILDREN DIE.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      WHAT ABOUT INDIANA AND LONG ISLAND EARTHQUAKE (ANY COMMENT)

      January 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonnyposter

      God hates terrorists. Why do you think he picks on Northern Pakistan. That's where Bin Laden's hiding. Duh. Let's have another one 8.0 and right when he tries to say someting anti-American. .

      January 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wisentime

    Wonder if it's true that when there is earthquake activity on one side of the globe there is another quake on the corresponding side. There was an earthquake on Dec 30th 2010 a 3.8 in North Central Indiana. Also, they had an earthquake Nov 30th on Long Island. Was the USGS waiting for a potential bigger earthquake somewhere in the middle east, asia??

    January 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • kenji

      not quite, the earth's core blocks the shockwave. i believe there can be corresponding earthquakes at a certain angle from the originating quake, however, from shockwaves not blocked by the core. yay 5th grade science at work hahahaha

      January 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      the opposite side of the earth from Pakistan is somewhere in the middle of the South Pacific. Remember they are also in the northern hemisphere so the opposite side of that would be in the southern hemisphere, not somewhere in the US. Geography is fun, you should try it.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @Wisetime, How about N.America, Europe, and S.America? Oh I got it, no such earthquake for those areas that habitate by White people. I thought Middle Easterns are White people too? In accordance to science, Middle East people are clearly White people. Well, let me tell you there are NO such place are pure anymore. There white people live in Middle East, Asia and Africa.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisentime

      Kenji- I'm thinking about the Vocanic activities on Mt Etna Sicily, Kizimen in Russia and Manam in Northeast New Guinea.
      I also believe the miles from the Us to Pakistan is about 7300 milea which would create the angle your talking about. But I see what your saying about the earth's core. I'm thinking more about plate tectonics affecting all these activities.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisentime

      Poor JACK he needs to get a grip. I don't care if the people affected are white, brown, black, yellow remember there is no such thing as race other than the human one. I'm talking about the one plate activity creating a domino effect. Gee JACK you really should try some prayer or meditation for that anger issue. If we all get swallowed up I want my grandchildren to survive somehow and marry anyone who is kind and compassionate. IDIOTA!! Hope it ain't you!

      January 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisentime

      Yes Luke I do like Geography but work, raising kids and concentrating on medicine through Nursing has prevented me from making Geography a hobby. Thanks for the Education. I forgot about the Northern vs Southern hemispheres. I just see alot of activity we should be paying more attention to. We do reside on a living planet, so far. Makes us feel a little miniscule, doesn't it?

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

      Luke I'm thinking about the Vocanic activities on Manam in Northeast New Guinea which I believe is in the SW Pacific.
      Would that make a connection?

      January 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mohit

    Plasma TV and Honda City and Diamond Necklace will go Useless in Earthquakes.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • rstarr

      Talk American, Ahab!

      January 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Argento

      I used a diamond necklace as a rope to climb out of a window during a quake once! Quite useful!

      January 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BOA

    Felt the aftershock here in Dubai!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bid 727

    I felt the tremor in Bahrain, building was moving.

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