A major 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked a remote area of southwestern Pakistan early Wednesday, shaking many parts of the country and causing tremors as far away as India and the United Arab Emirates.
Fortunately, the quake hit a remote area:
Its epicenter was in a remote area some 200 miles (320 kilometers) southwest of the Baluchistan capital of Quetta, said chief Pakistani meteorologist Arif Mahmood, not far from the Afghan border.The closest town to the epicenter was Dalbandin, with a population around 15,000 people, and is so remote that the nearby Chagai hills were the site of Pakistan's 1998 nuclear tests.
Nasir Baluch, a police officer in Karan, said several mud houses collapsed or were damaged in an area outside the town called Mashkil. There was no immediate word on casualties, but the area is sparsely populated, he said.
There was no major damage in Quetta either, but the quake caused widespread panic in the city, said residents.
As usual when we see a large, newsworthy quake, the rest of the world's earthquake activity seems to increase:
South Sandwich Islands: 5.1
New Zealand: 5.0
Tonga Islands: 4.8
W. Arabian Peninsula: 4.8
Aleutian Islands: 4.8
It is interesting, just as a casual observation, that as we see a surge in the other signs, earthquakes begin rumbling again and making the news.