Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Magnitude 5 earthquake rattles southern Pakistan, killing 1 person, injuring 70

KARACHI, Pakistan - A moderate earthquake rattled several towns in southern Pakistan before dawn Friday, killing one person and injuring 70, a government official said.

The magnitude 5 quake struck the district of Nawabshah, about 400 kilometres (240 miles) northeast of Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province, said Roshan Ali Sheikh, the top official at the province's rehabilitation and disaster management department. It hit around 4 a.m. local time (2300 GMT) while many still slept, causing panic, he said.

Pakistani meteorologist Toseef Ahmed said the epicenter of the quake was 27 kilometres (15 miles) north of Nawabshah. The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 and struck some 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) north of Nawabshah. Such figures are common just after a quake.

Mohammed Hashim, a doctor at a main government hospital, said dozens of people with head injuries and broken bones were brought to their hospital, and at least five of them were listed in a critical condition.

Sheikh said at least 25 mud-brick homes collapsed in the quake-hit district and authorities still were assessing the damage.

Earlier, local television stations in Pakistan reported that walls came down and people fled their homes with their children.

Witness Shamas Keerio told The Associated Press by telephone that he was sleeping with his family in his home when quake struck.

"I thought as if I am sitting in a boat and it is facing a storm," Keerio said. "The walls of our home started swaying, and I quickly came out along with my family members."

Keerio said his family felt aftershocks as well.

Pakistan is often hit by earthquakes. In September 2013, a 7.7-magnitude quake struck its province of Baluchistan, killing at least 376 people and pushing a new island up in the Arabian Sea.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Sudden Surge: Flood of 2014
Opportunity Magazine — The Bakken
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media