QUETTA - An earthquake of mild intensity jolted various areas of Balochistan but no loss of life or property was reported on Saturday. Senior meteorologist Tauseef Alam said tremors measuring 5.1 on Richter scale were felt in different areas of Awaran. But no causality or any property loss was reported due to earthquake. Another meteorologist, Shahid Mehmood said the tremors were felt in Khuzdar, and Kharan.
The PMD officials said that the epicentre of the earthquake was 80 kilometres southwest of Khuzdar, inside earth crust. It should be mentioned that on September 25, a 7.7 magnitude quake struck Awaran district, killing at least 350 people while leaving thousands others injured and homeless. At least 15 people were killed when a second quake measuring 7.2 struck Awaran on September 28. The population of Awaran is scattered over more than 21,000 square kilometres (8,000 square miles) of remote and rugged terrain. Infrastructure is extremely limited, with few medical facilities or even roads. The quake was Pakistan’s deadliest since the devastating Kashmir tremor of 2005, which killed 73,000.