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. nicolas

    Someone is saying.... "GET OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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

    bharosa allah p hai sirf or sirf allah p or plz prophet ka yaha mazaq na banao or tujh p kio bharosa keray
    1.8 billion is the population of one alone the city of karachi

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

      I don't think that's accurate.

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

      Maybe the quake will shake that s#$%hole into the 21st century.

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

      1.8 million hoga be
      tujhe mene nahi banaya
      dimaag ai ke nahi
      1.8 billion to china ka pop hai be

      January 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dubai-resident

    people probably died, you pig headed idiots that keep posting crap about hating muslims. get your head out of your a**'s

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

      ONE WORD: KARMA always comes back hit you in the a**

      January 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.T

      Like the Karma I saw on 9/11 d-bag!!

      January 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Paulie

    Were any of our soldiers hurt or killed? I hope not.

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

      Saladin, Britain gave Afghanistan its freedom, and America thoroughly routed the Taliban and now occupy 90% of your country......Muslims talk tough, then hide behind women and children when they try to fight....cowards.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.T

      HAHAHAHAHAhahahahahaa Bill says they routed the Taliban lol. Then why the heck are you still there. Remember when you Americans called these taliban freedom fighters during the soviet invasion.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Aman

    Tremors felt from Dubai to Delhi!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.T

      If you knew a little about geography, you would see there are no terrorists in that area only innocent people. But I understand its now up to natural disasters to finish the war that US cant win

      January 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anshu

    Yes, it was felt here in North India also.. Wasn't major though.!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. steve

    ok how about this.. no hate.. its allah's will and the U.S. $$$$$$$$

    January 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mohit

    FREE from FUTURE TENSIONS if we all die in Earthquakes.

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

      I hear you buddy.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Murtatza

    God willm help our country, Inshallah every
    thing would be alright,
    Livelong Pakistan

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

      personally i dont like u guys but in this situtaion i will pary for you honestly , also we too felt the shoks

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

      @ anirudh singh

      Posting from here in the United States. Pakis (such as I) and Indians get along quite nicely here and enjoy each other's company. I just wish it would be the same between India and Pakistan. We ARE neighbors after all!. But thank you for you concern. We do need to make sure people are okay. Peace and love my brother Singh.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    And another X billion dollars that the US doesn't have goes overseas to aid a country that hates us. Can't we just send Sean Penn instead and call it even?

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

    Didn't they say at one point the earthquakes in America were caused by looking at b00bs? I guess Osama's been spyin some.

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

    I guess it's Obama's fault. He has bombed them so much that the foundation of the mountains is about to give way and the mountains are going to fall down flat crushing all the bad guys living in the caves. OK...then maybe we can bring our troops home.

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

      HATER. it's ppl like you that's bringing america downhill.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chase

    @TheEnD: Yes! Because these tragedies are the worst in the history of the world. No other year has had as much destruction and death as there has been this year. Please, try to put your doom crying in perspective, you can't connect dots when there are none.

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

      Seriously, the biggest reason that these most recent disasters have seemed like the worst in history is because there are more people to loose their lives and more people to record it. There have been other major earthquakes, floods, disasters, etc, some larger even, in the history of the world. It's not the end of the world, just something bad for people.

      Look at some dates, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worst_natural_disasters

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

    If you are INDIAN then why you learned English ?

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

      It would actually be, if you are Indian then why did you learn English.

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

      to steal american,european,australian jobs haha

      January 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. anirudh singh

    may GOD bless all and no one suffer

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