A 3.8 magnitude earthquake jolted Lasbela and other parts of Balochistan on Wednesday, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).
The PMD’s National Seismic Monitoring Centre said the earthquake took place at 2:44pm 103 kilometers northwest of the Bela area at the depth of 33km. Tremors were felt in the Lasebela district and its surroundings.
So far, no casualties or injuries have been reported.
In a similar incident last week, two consecutive “moderate” earthquakes struck off the coast near Pasni. The first earthquake of 5.6 magnitude struck at 6:42pm. It had a depth of 60 kilometres, a longitude of 63.62 East and a latitude of 25.21 North.
The second earthquake with a 5 magnitude struck 10 minutes later at 6:52pm and had a depth of 30km. It had a longitude of 63.54 East and a latitude of 25.12 North.
The quakes come at a time when Balochistan is reeling from floods caused by torrential monsoon rains. Intermittent rains continued to lash most parts of Balochistan today, as authorities scrambled to rescue the thousands who have been left displaced due to flooding in over a dozen districts.
Rainfall was reported in Kalat, Chaman, Ziarat, Muslim Bagh, Sibi, Mastung, Dalbadin, Khuzdar, Lasbela and Barkhan in the last 24 hours.
According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, hundreds of people have died in rains and floods in the province since June 1. In the last 24 hours, the death toll has risen by 15.