Strong aftershocks cause panic in Pakistan’s southwest

October 29th, 2008 - 8:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Oct 29 (DPA) Strong aftershocks caused panic in Pakistan’s southwest where a pre-dawn earthquake killed at least 160 people, media reports said Wednesday.The strongest aftershock measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit the southwestern Balochistan province at 5.32 p.m. (1132 GMT), according to the US Geological Survey.

The epicentre was the same as that of the morning quake, which had a magnitude of 6.4 - some 60 km northeast of the provincial capital Quetta.

In towns in the area, terrified people ran towards open areas, stumbling upon each other and receiving minor injuries, the Urdu-language Geo news channel reported.

The jolts were felt for up to 15 seconds, Aaj TV television said.

More than a dozen aftershocks have been felt in the calamity-hit zone since the morning.

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