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article imageMajor earthquake, 7.7 Richter, strikes Pakistan; 328 dead

By Igor I. Solar     Sep 24, 2013 in World
Karachi - A strong earthquake measuring 7.7 in the Richter scale struck Pakistan, reports the United States Geological Survey. At least 328 people have died and hundreds more were wounded are trapped under rubble.
An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale was recorded in Pakistan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), at a depth of 15 kilometers and 283 kilometers northwest of Karachi, the largest city in the country.
The quake occurred at 16:29 local time (8:29 EDT) with epicenter 66 km NNE of Awaran, Pakistan. The tremors generated by the earthquake were also felt in the Indian capital, New Delhi.
So far, 328 people are reported dead, BBC News writes. "Nearly all of the casualties were from Labach, on the northern outskirts of Awaran town. There are reports of some people trapped under the rubble of collapsed houses."
The province declared a rescue emergency.
The Pakistani meteorological office put the magnitude at 7.7 Richter. So far the authorities have not provided information on possible casualties or damage resulting from the earthquake.
Last April 16, an earthquake of similar magnitude (7.9) struck the Iran-Pakistan border leaving at least 40 dead and 180 injured.
UPDATE:
Recent reports (12:00 hrs. EDT) from Aljazeera and Washington Post say that at least 39 to possibly 45 people have been killed by the earthquake and aftershocks, and more than 100 are injured.
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