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Massive quake kills 34 in Pakistan: officials

Map shows the epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.—Courtesy DawnGIS

KARACHI: A major earthquake struck a region near the Iran-Pakistan border on Tuesday, killing 34 people in different parts of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, officials said.

The worst-hit areas from the 7.8 magnitude quake were reported to be close to the Pakistan-Iran border.

Officials confirmed to Dawn.com that up to 34 people had died due to the earthquake, while 80 were reported to be injured in the Mashkel area of Balochistan’s Washuk district alone.

Several hundred houses were also reported to have collapsed, raising fears of further casualties in the area. Dozens of shops and buildings have also been destroyed by the tremors.

According to the most recent reports, two Pakistan Army helicopters carrying medical teams and supplies have reached Mashkel, where personnel are now busy in relief and rescue efforts.

The epicenter was reported by the United States geological Survey to be in southeast Iran in an area of mountains and desert. It was located 201 km southeast of the Iranian city of Zahedan and 250 km northwest of Turbat in Pakistan, USGS said.

Tremors were felt across several Pakistani cities, including Quetta, Pishin, Killa Abdullah, Chaghi, Sibi, Jaffarabad, Karachi, Hyderabad, Quetta, Badin, Islamabad, and Rawalpindi.

According to reports, the earthquake shook areas from Quetta to Pak-Iran Border Taftan and Pak-Afghan border Chaman. And Mekran belt near Arabian Sea.

Several part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, including Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, also felt the jolts.

Tremors from the earthquake were felt as far away as New Delhi and the Gulf cities of Dubai and Bahrain. Across the Gulf, high-rise buildings swayed and officials ordered evacuations.

Meanwhile, there were conflicting reports regarding casualties in Iran.

An Iranian provincial governor said there were no deaths in Iran due to the earthquake.

“Fortunately, the earthquake resulted in no fatalities,” Hatam Narouyi, the governor of Sistan-Balochistan where the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit, told the ISNA agency.

Iranian state television had earlier reported at least 40 people killed, but acknowledged it had no official confirmation.

Comments (116) Closed

Apr 16, 2013 10:59am
woof ... scared
Apr 16, 2013 10:59am
Dubai Even
Apr 16, 2013 11:06am
Apr 16, 2013 11:06am
Is there a Tsunami warning?
Ahmed Adnan Prince Aadi
Apr 16, 2013 11:07am
It Was Cool.....!!!
Apr 16, 2013 11:08am
I was reading my book when felt vibrations under my feet. I thought it was due to some kind of mental activity. Then tried to get up from the chair yet felt strong vibrations and felt as if I was losing my balance. I turned to dawn online and here it verifies my thought process.
Apr 16, 2013 11:09am
I am from Hyderabad. [ Ashfaq]
Apr 16, 2013 11:10am
All across Karachi.....Have confirmed from friends and family from Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Korangi, SITE, Bahadurabad, Defence.
Apr 16, 2013 11:14am
felt in Lahore, pakistan
Apr 16, 2013 11:14am
we felt in sharjah, one big swing ,it was very shaking ,
Apr 16, 2013 11:14am
May ALMIGHTY protect us all.
Apr 16, 2013 11:15am
Also, in Kuwait
Niazi (@NKNiazi)
Apr 16, 2013 11:16am
same in Ras al khaimah UAE
Apr 16, 2013 11:16am
hope all well save
Apr 16, 2013 11:16am
Scarryyy....In New Delhi tooo...
Apr 16, 2013 11:17am
yes we felt that too in karachi
Apr 16, 2013 11:17am
It was adventurous in Delhi...
Apr 16, 2013 11:18am
Tremor felt in Sohar region also
Apr 16, 2013 11:19am
Even in Muscat we felt it
Brian O'Sullivan
Apr 16, 2013 11:19am
Abu Dhabi felt it too!
Apr 16, 2013 11:20am
its a warning for all of us from ALLAH , its a time for all of us to understand that why are we here in this world
Apr 16, 2013 11:21am
and in Muscat Oman
Apr 16, 2013 11:21am
I felt :(
Apr 16, 2013 11:22am
i am sitting in the office when i felt that some jin is shaking my chair and stand up to see the chair shaking, and told my boss that this is an earthquake, he says please sit down and do your work, when i heard people saying to evacuate the building then my boss realize that this is the tremor, May Allah save us all from Earth powerful forces
Apr 16, 2013 11:22am
KSA even (khobar)
Apr 16, 2013 11:22am
We have felt it in Oman @ around 3pm
Syed Ali Faiz
Apr 16, 2013 11:23am
felt it in saudi
Apr 16, 2013 11:24am
Allah sab ko apnay hifz o aman mai rakhay aameen!!! Allah hamaray saaray gunaah maaf keray aameen!!
Apr 16, 2013 11:25am
isn't this warning enough for us that we start seeking forgiveness of Allah!!
Apr 16, 2013 11:25am
Even Building in Dubai Outsource Zone Shaked all were out of Buildings
Apr 16, 2013 11:26am
May God protect everyone.
Apr 16, 2013 11:26am
Felt @ meezan house (meezan bank) head office too.
Syed Jehanzeb (@sjehanzeb)
Apr 16, 2013 11:27am
whats the news on Iran... karachi also felt it
Apr 16, 2013 11:27am
Dears, instead of saying Woof, scary etc, being a muslim we should recite the recommended Quran surah and pray to Allah for his mercy.
Apr 16, 2013 11:27am
We also felt it in Muscat, Oman
Sajjad Haider
Apr 16, 2013 11:27am
i m in office my chair was shaking
Muhammad Suleman
Apr 16, 2013 11:28am
Yes .I 'm in Dubai...the jolts were severe.We got evacuated from our buildings. Thanks God no causalities.
Apr 16, 2013 11:28am
We should pray to Allah for His mercy!
Apr 16, 2013 11:28am
Yeah, it was scary. Whole buidlings were cleared in Abu Dhabi. We all went down by stairs, two such events in recent past.
Muhammad Ashraf
Apr 16, 2013 11:28am
O" ALLAH, We have beeen doing zulm on our souls, please forgive us and save us from our wrong doings Aameen
Apr 16, 2013 11:29am
fujairah rocks
Apr 16, 2013 11:29am
I 'm in Dubai...jolts were severe.....Thanks God no causalities.
Apr 16, 2013 11:29am
I.I chundrigar was shaking..........
Apr 16, 2013 11:30am
just got back to work after evacuating the building in DIFC Dubai. May Allah keep us all safe.
M Imran
Apr 16, 2013 11:31am
O My God thanks we all are safe
Apr 16, 2013 11:33am
I felt the shaik two to three times in KSA, Jubail....
Apr 16, 2013 11:33am
Gulshan- e- Hadeed Bin Qasim Town Malir feel also
Good Man
Apr 16, 2013 11:34am
Lets pray that there will be no serious threat for Tsunami after this earthquake. Otherwise, the losses can be enormously big !!
Apr 16, 2013 11:35am
i dont know abt you guys but it felt more like a tickle to me where i live
Apr 16, 2013 11:36am
We are still talking about it here in Riyadh,Saudi Arabia.. It was really a deadly quake, God make mercy on us..Aamen!!
Apr 16, 2013 11:36am
I also felt my table was shaking and could not believe whats happening - We are in office
Apr 16, 2013 11:37am
we also felt the shockwaves in our area..
Ali Shahid
Apr 16, 2013 11:37am
Yes, it felt in our class during lecture. Projector, Fans and windows shaked slightly. Here at 348PM in Vehari, Pakistan
Apr 16, 2013 11:38am
we feel al jubail saudi arabia while meeting char moving
Faheem Shaikh
Apr 16, 2013 11:38am
Felt at Ghotki, Sindh...
Muhammad Farooq
Apr 16, 2013 11:42am
pray for safety and security of all.
Sayed Haider Ali Shah
Apr 16, 2013 11:42am
can any one tell me that what was it,s magnitude in PaK?
Ahmed Sultan
Apr 16, 2013 11:45am
Felt it in Gurgaon
Apr 16, 2013 11:47am
Felt it in Karachi, felt pretty horrible to be stuck on the 11th when that happened.
Apr 16, 2013 11:47am
Please Recite ASTAGHFIRULLAH continuously..
Muhammad Adnan Arshad
Apr 16, 2013 11:51am
Nadeem Yasin
Apr 16, 2013 11:53am
Also felt at Leads Center, Lahore.
Hina Asad
Apr 16, 2013 11:53am
A severe one was felt in Dubai, we were advised to evacuate the building in Dubai Internet City
Manan Ahmed
Apr 16, 2013 11:54am
Plz Sb Zeaada sy zeaada Astaghfirullah parhy or Allah sy Apny Gunaaho ki Maafe maangee....
Apr 16, 2013 11:54am
I was shooting a scene when my camera started shaking, we ran out of the building, the whole quake remained for several minutes.
Apr 16, 2013 11:55am
It was very strong here in Dubai. The worst part is when you are stuck in the buildings. Thankfully all is well. May God keep us all protected, here, everywhere.
Apr 16, 2013 11:55am
Abu Dhabi shook as well
Rizwan Zubairy
Apr 16, 2013 11:55am
Have to do ISTAGHFAR. Earthquake shows Allah's anger.
Apr 16, 2013 11:58am
yes im in karachi and im in my office bulding to much shaked
Apr 16, 2013 12:02pm
You felt it or not this is an obvious warning for all of us to seek forgiveness and do accountability of all deeds every night. If breaking a heart is not allowed we should think how we are being used to a part of silent majority against all brutal lords and not opposing them.
Apr 16, 2013 12:05pm
All prayers with Iranians. I hope most people survived the horrible earthquake.
Apr 16, 2013 12:05pm
My chair was shaking alot here in karachi Cim Shipping. We shall thanks to ALLAH for savings our lifes instead of doing wufff etc. May ALLAH protect us all.
Apr 16, 2013 12:06pm
Me in karachi city to much shaked here but thank god all is fine n good allah blused over here
Apr 16, 2013 12:07pm
Yes, we felt it here in Oman in eastern city SUR
Apr 16, 2013 12:10pm
i havent personally felt but some ppl also felt here in Doha, Qatar
Apr 16, 2013 12:15pm
Next time, as soon as you felt a tremor immediately leave the building and stay up in open-air. You can turned to Dawn later. May Allah protect us
Apr 16, 2013 12:15pm
Felt in Qatar as well.The emplyees on high floors like i was on 18th floor felt the tremors. this is second time since last week.
Apr 16, 2013 12:30pm
what if its just Iran testing it's alleged nuclear weapons underground?! shakin' it all up!!!
Muhammad Amin
Apr 16, 2013 12:31pm
Jubail city in saudi arabia felt the tremors also
vijay singh ivory coast
Apr 16, 2013 12:52pm
ya khuda take care of your sons and daughters.remember your faith in almighty power allah ishwar waheguru or by which so ever name you know him.may the souls of departed one rest in peace
MS Abdul Rahman
Apr 16, 2013 12:53pm
Buildings shook and some were evacuated, especially the oil refineries . my computer screen trembled , and could clearly feel the swaying which continued for fairly long here in Kuwait too. the time was 13 52 to be exact local time which is three hours ahead of GMT.
Apr 16, 2013 12:58pm
Felt it in Doha, Qatar!
Apr 16, 2013 01:22pm
TV in iran said: yet just 5 people damage
Magister Ludi
Apr 16, 2013 01:40pm
What does God have to do with earthquake?
Mohdudul Huq
Apr 16, 2013 02:10pm
Pray to our Almighty for the people of Muslim nations in that region.
Apr 16, 2013 02:52pm
i personally felt it but it was minor.
Apr 16, 2013 03:26pm
Mother Earth is angry and restless. Population boom/ Industrialisatio /Global warming / Regular bombings has taken its toll on Her. This is her Way of revolting.
Ravi Ingale from University of Pune.
Apr 16, 2013 03:38pm
Whole Indian Subcontinental region on the Earthquake Radar, it was just minor, even 21 people killed.
Apr 16, 2013 03:38pm
My friend 7.8 Magnitude is nothing minor... Thank the Lord that it was not in the Ocean...
Karachi Wala
Apr 16, 2013 03:39pm
What kind of pray is this?
Apr 16, 2013 03:40pm
What about those who are not Muslims. Don't you think they are human being? My thoughts and prayers for all those who live in effected area.
Apr 16, 2013 03:52pm
It seems, whole of muslim world is shaken up....... May be some warning from Allah to mend your ways asap..
Karachi Wala
Apr 16, 2013 04:10pm
There are two ways to look at this earthquake. One way is to look for a scientific reason. The other is, as most of the comments here suggest a spiritual one. The scientific reason I would leave for the scientists but if one looks at it from a spiritual angle, then the area covered with the quake is mostly of Muslim nations. The Muslims in the effected area and beyond need introspect. Are we as pious as we think we are? Are we dispensing "Haqooq ul Ibad (the duty we owe to mankind) while we are all gung ho for Haqooq Allah (Duties Owing to Allah) the way Allah has made obligatory on each Muslim? Remember Allah says, I might forgive your duties toward me but will not forgive you not fulfilling your duties toward mankind.
Apr 16, 2013 04:15pm
tremors were felt in UAE, Alain I was on internet when i felt the tremors
Apr 16, 2013 04:22pm
@Mohdudul Huq Why only muslims .........??/
Apr 16, 2013 04:46pm
Why not the non Muslim nations. Are they not human.
Apr 16, 2013 05:28pm
I thought maybe, after reading some outrageous comments on this article, I should just clarify that an earthquake is the result of tectonic plate movements and not the work of some malevolent God, people! I would have expected that in the year 2013, even for a country like Pakistan, people would have accepted the plate tectonic theory. Surely, you don't want to believe in a God that kills dozens of people every time he wants to give us a sign? Has sense totally deserted our people?!
Nadeem Ullah
Apr 16, 2013 07:22pm
According to BBC, it's 9 people :( http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2013/04/130416_mashkeel_earthquake_zs.shtml
Such bolo
Apr 16, 2013 08:28pm
This part of the Pakistan or Iran is not known for earth quakes. any wonder what else could be. With open mind one should evaluate all the possibilities which can rock the land like this. As we all know Israel is on Iran's back constantly and looking for various avenue to destroy the Iranian nuclear Plants. There is no security from Pakistan side on this region any one with high intelligence can walk in iran from this side of Pakistan. Just a thought I would not rule out any foul Play until it is certain it was earth quake created by nature not by some evil forces of the world culprits
Apr 16, 2013 08:33pm
Dubai have enough money to fight against any EarthQuake.UAE financial system is extremely robust and secure.Dubai have completely secured all of its buildings against any EarthQuake.All building are completely EarthQuake proof in Dubai.Due to strong financial sector,economy and its powerful planning,its impossible to destroy Dubai now.
Vishnu Mahant
Apr 17, 2013 02:50am
It may be more, however it is a remote scarcely populated area. May God god help all the affected people.
Apr 17, 2013 06:27am
Wow.. you have got some talent. Try writing scripts
Apr 17, 2013 06:36am
rofl !! :-) That's real heights !! You guys are champion conspiracy theorists !!!
Apr 17, 2013 06:37am
you felt tremors on internet ?
Apr 17, 2013 06:37am
What BS are you talking ?
Apr 17, 2013 06:40am
Example of how narrow one can think .. "our" Almighty for the people of "Muslim" nations
Apr 17, 2013 06:41am
to feel tremors ? ;-)
Apr 17, 2013 06:49am
yes, stay up in open-air as closed-air might harm you, its polluted these days ...
Apr 17, 2013 07:01am
that proves, you have feelings ...
Apr 17, 2013 10:17am
ye Dubai, Dubai kya hai .. ye Dubai, Dubai !!! Saleem Dubai par mat ro !!
Apr 17, 2013 11:16am
ha ha...tremors on internet!!
Apr 17, 2013 11:44am
Noble Conspiracy award !!!
Apr 17, 2013 03:20pm
Are you The Saleem from Dubai ? If yes, then we know why earth quake tickles you ... ref : your comment on page 1.
Apr 17, 2013 03:25pm
Tsunami when the epicenter is not seabed !! I don't think we need to disturb God for this, let her/him finish other important stuff !!
Apr 17, 2013 03:26pm
Don't be too harsh on yourself !!
Apr 17, 2013 04:55pm
My thoughts and prayers are with Pakistanis, Please help the need and pick up some other time and place for debating