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Magnitude 7.4 quake hits Pakistan

January 18, 2011

Is there no end to the misery of this country?

WASHINGTON: A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck various parts of the country, the US Geological Survey reported on Tuesday.

It said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.3, was very shallow at a depth of 6.3 miles (10 km). It struck 34 miles (55 km) west of Dalbandin at 1:23 a.m. local time on Wednesday (2023 GMT on Tuesday).

The Pacific Tsunami Center said the onshore quake had not triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean. A major quake of this magnitude is capable of causing widespread and heavy damage.

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Update

In the last few minutes the earthquake report has been changed to 7.2 and at a much greater depth. So the seriousness of its effects are likely to be diminished. It is also thought to be in a very sparsely populated area. Read the full story: here

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