Pakistan escapes major quake damage

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 19, 2011 12:06

QUETTA, Pakistan — Authorities have dispatched teams to villages close to the epicenter of a powerful earthquake in Pakistan to check for any damage and casualties.

Initial daylight surveys Wednesday appeared to confirm earlier reports the sparsely populated region had escaped major damage. No deaths or injuries had been reported.

The 7.2 magnitude quake struck at 1:30 a.m. local time in a remote area some 200 miles (320 kilometers) southwest of the Baluchistan capital of Quetta, not far from the Afghan border, sending thousands running from their homes in panic.

Tremors were felt across much of south and central Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and the United Arab Emirates.

Local administrator Akbar Hussain Durrani says about 35 mud-brick homes were damaged in Baluchistan province.


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