Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pakistan earthquake: At least 270 people killed

A powerful earthquake killed at least 270 people in Pakistan's remote south-west province of Balochistan.
The 7.7-magnitude quake struck on Tuesday afternoon at a depth of 20km (13 miles) north-east of Awaran.
Many houses were flattened and thousands of people have spent the night in the open.
After the quake, a small island appeared off the coast near the port of Gwadar.
People gathered on the beach to see the new island, which is reported to be about 200m (656ft) long, 100m wide and 20m high.
Balochistan is Pakistan's largest but least populated province.
The region is prone to earthquakes, with at least 35 people killed in a 7.8-magnitude tremor that was centred in south-eastern Iran in April.

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