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Earthquake hits south-west Pakistan



At least 31 people have been killed and 40 injured after a strong earthquake struck south-west Pakistan early this morning, according to according to
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 officials.

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 said a 6.2 magnitude quake struck 45 miles (70km) north-east of the city of Quetta just before dawn.

The Pakistan meteorological department The Pakistan Meteorological Department is a government of Pakistan organization which works under the Ministry of Defence. It is responsible for providing meteorological forecasting services.  said two tremors had struck before dawn, the second one bigger than the first.

"Two areas are badly hit," said Dilawar Khan Dilawar Khan Ghauri was governor of the Malwa province of central India during the decline of the Delhi Sultanate. Dilawar Khan declared himself Sultan of Malwa in 1401, and passed the kingdom to his son Hoshang Shah upon his death. , mayor of the town of Ziarat, in Pakistan's Baluchistan province.

Some houses had collapsed and 11 people were killed in one area and 14 in another, he said.

A security official in the neighbouring Pishin district Pishin (Pashto: پشین) is a district in the north west of Balochistan province of Pakistan. Prior to 1975,The old name of Pishin was PASAHANG. Pishin was a part of Quetta Pishin district.  said five people had been killed there.

Officials in Quetta said that many of the injuries had been sustained when mud walls collapsed, or during the panic when people rushed from their homes.

"There were two tremors, the second one was serious and people rushed out of their houses," said local resident Amjad Hussain.

A severe earthquake in 1935 left 30,000 people dead and destroyed most of Quetta.

The region's worst earthquake was in October, 2005 when about 75,000 people were killed, most of them in the mountainous region of northern Pakistan.
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