Early last week, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit southwestern Pakistan, with its epicenter just 30 miles west of Dalbadin (south of Quetta). It shook through the surrounding area, towards the nation’s borders with Iran and Afghanistan, and even in the far southern town of Karachi, where 18 million people reside [rvd: shakemap].
While even those in New Dehli, the Indian capital nearly 800 miles away, felt the aftershocks of the quake, this natural hazard is only that, a hazard, as no disastrous damage occurred in the sparsely-populated area near the epicenter. The only losses were the few mud houses that collapsed a few miles out, and several cracks in the edifices of larger buildings – unlike the similar earthquake just over 5 years ago that resulted in the loss of over 70,000 people, or the flooding from last summer in which nearly 2,000 people were lost.
U.S. officially are currently working on sending aid and assessing damage.
source: http://online.wsj.com – Tom Wright