Earthquake in Pakistan Kills 46 People

Deadly earthquake creates island off the coast of Pakistan.


Pakistani workers leave an office building in Karachi after an earthquake on Sept. 24, 2013. The earthquake was so powerful it created an island off the Pakistani coast.

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A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the south-west area of Pakistan with such force that tremors were felt as far away as the capital of India. The earthquake was so powerful that it created a small 30-foot high island off the Gwadar coastline of Pakistan.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake's tremors persisted for at least two minutes with a depth of 13 miles.

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"Dozens have been injured," Balochistan province's Home Secretary Asad Gilani told CNN. The Balochistan province is the least populated province of Pakistan prone to earthquakes. "We are trying to assess the damage," Gilani said.

Though 46 deaths have been reported, Mirza Kamran Zia, spokesman for Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority, told BBC that the death toll was more than likely to rise.

The city of Awaran is reported to be peppered with mud houses that have since crumbled and left people trapped amidst the rubble. At least 30 percent of the houses have collapsed entirely, BBC reported.

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Many officials say that due to the remoteness of the area affected, the full assessment of the damage will not be known for days.

The Pakistan government is doing everything in its power to assist the areas most affected by the earthquake, with the promise of more than 1,000 troops to assist survivors and rescue teams.

Tents and medical supplies have been sent to the neighboring district of Quetta, causing many people to migrate towards the relief.

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