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. Henry

    Maybe it's a new secret weapon invented by the US to create earthquakes against Al Queda.

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

    felt it here in delhi..it was pretty strong for a tremor here...

    January 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ala

    I live in AlAin in UAE and i felt it at 12:27 AM local time
    it last after 5 seconds and ceiling lamp was shaken for while

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

    This just in: 2 of Bin Laden's goats were killed. There goes the family.

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

      Wow, how do you know so much about his Goats?

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

    Lalchi Indians ne paisa Kamane ke liye English Seekhi

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

      tum haramio ne mera nam badnam kar diya hai pure duniya me
      Alaah hu akbar gao sab

      January 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zahra

    I too am from Karachi, Pakistan, and felt the earth shake. But it is highly disappointing to see how this major catastrophe is taken as a joke by a few who have not missed the opportunity of linking terrorism, politics, war, osama bin laden, etc at this crucial time even.
    Shameful!

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

      THANKS ZAHRA, THESE PEOPLE ARE ED-TS

      January 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mishal

      You are absolutely right. It hurts to think that there are little children dying while people half way across the world laugh at them. The ignorance some folks display is just downright disgusting.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Maybe it's because they are too stupid to understand how serious the situation can be. Trolls ruin these sites for everyone.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • R. Kershaw

      Please, do not mistake the ignorance of a few with all of Americans, Most of us, are at this point extremely concern about what has happened in your country. Hopefully, maybe this will pass with a minimum of damage.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pourya

    We felt the earthquake in Dubai !!! First thought the center was in Qeshm Island, Iran; but then found out it was in Pakistan!!! God bless them all.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kumar Pragyal

    hi, i am in ludhiana (India) and doing some official work in my office, suddenly i felt jerk and i saw my water bottel and fan is also vibrated for 2 mins approx. it was shocking. Now i am in afraid mode n planing to awake whole night. Please take care…and hope everything is fine.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.T

      Ok Kumar thats a little overkill, no need to stay up all night

      January 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. George Shaheen

    I am visiting Riyadh – saudi arabia and I thought I was imagining things / dizzy but I felt it at an hour ago. Can't believe this far and I still felt it...

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

    Tremors felt in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia at 2325 Hrs

    January 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. strategic bob

    Calls to ignore this and let Pakistan suffer on its own are, if one looks only at Pakistan's role in fomenting unrest in the region and terrorism in India, perhaps understandable but they are nonetheless misguided. We improve our image greatly when we do the right thing and help. We show our values and our compasion and we stand in stark contrast to others, such as the Saudis, who proclaim solidarity with their Muslim "brothers" but sit on their wallets when tragedy strikes. Our efforts in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami created more good will for the US than any number of meaningless empty gestures (e.g., Karen Hughes' Madison Avenue-style advertising campaign under Bush). Our similar help after other Pakistani earthquakes also created good will in that country, which has since been been wiped out by our other actions there.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.T

      Actually Saudi Arabia gave the most aid during the floods but who am I talkin to, your ignorance and hatred has blinded you

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

      Mr. T,

      I am not sure what right or justification you have for calling me ignorant and hate-blinded. To the contrary, I was responding, however obliquely, to the truly hate-blinded who said that Pakistan should be left to suffer on its own. If you were upset by my truthful comments re: Pakistan's role in fomenting instability in the region and sponsoring terrorism, too bad. The truth is the truth. If you thought I was disparaging Saudi Arabia, my comment about the Saudi's relative stinginess was in the context of the 2004 tsunami, not the 2010 Pakistani floods. again, truth is the truth. But you right about the Saudi's genorosity after the 2010 floods.

      Many countries contributed to relief efforts after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanitarian_response_to_the_2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake#Middle_East_and_Africa

      Saudi Arabia was among them but was not one of the leading contributors. The US, Australia and Germany, among others, contributed more than did Saudi Arabia. Being the good neighbors that they are, the Australians were the most generous in terms of % of GDP, etc.

      Many countries also contributed to relief efforts in Pakistan after the 2010 floods.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relief_efforts_of_the_2010_Pakistan_floods#Response_by_national_governments

      According to this source, Saudi Arabia was the largest single national donor.

      One thing the US can bring to bear perhaps, better than any other country, is the massive logistical ability of the US military for delivering critical supplies (food, water, medical supplies and help) during the initial safety of life phase of any major disaster response. There is something powerful about the image of US military men and women passing food, water and medicine out of the back end of helicopters that at other times approriately used for destructive purposes.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vikas Shahi

    Hi to All,

    I m in ludhiana right now,I felt earth quake & I observed that speed was very high.

    Take Care u all

    GOD BLESS Uuuuuuuuu……..

    January 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. just saying

    What do HAARPS reading/activity look like? Or did all that get deleted like the data from before the Haiti Earthquake? With all the animal deaths around the world one has to wonder. Just sayin!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. appleGuy

    it went through here in abu dhabi

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

    Its too early in the year for this

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