- A powerful earthquake left at least 20 dead and hundreds injured in southwestern Pakistan.
- The death toll is expected to rise as rescue teams scour the remote mountainous area.
- The 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred in the middle of the morning when people were sleeping, which has increased the magnitude of the tragedy.
A powerful earthquake caused the collapse of at least one coal mine and many mud houses in southwestern Pakistan in the early hours of Thursday, leaving at least 20 dead and more than 200 injured, a Pakistani official said.
The death toll is expected to rise as rescue teams scour the remote mountainous area, said Suhail Anwar Shaheen, deputy commissioner for the region. At least four of those killed lost their lives when the coal mine where they worked collapsed, Shaheen said, citing reports from miners in the area. Up to 100 homes collapsed burying residents in their sleep, he added.
Pakistan earthquake kills at least 20
The 5.9-magnitude quake had its epicenter about 14 kilometers (8 miles) north-northeast of Harnai in Balochistan province, according to the United States Geological Survey. Initially it was said to have a magnitude of 5.7. It happened about 20 kilometers (12 miles) deep; shallower earthquakes tend to cause more damage.
The site, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Quetta, the provincial capital, is dotted with coal mines, which is why Shaheen feared the death toll could rise. The earthquake occurred in the early morning, with many of the miners already at their jobs, he explained. To see the video of the earthquake press HERE.
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