Skip to main content

Casualties mount in Pakistan quake

By Nasir Habib, CNN
updated 7:56 PM EDT, Thu April 18, 2013
An earthquake survivor walks past a collapsed house in the Mashkell area of Pakistan's Baluchistan province on Thursday, April 18. The casualty count from an earthquake that struck near Pakistan's border with Iran stands at 35 dead and more than 150 injured, authorities said Wednesday. An earthquake survivor walks past a collapsed house in the Mashkell area of Pakistan's Baluchistan province on Thursday, April 18. The casualty count from an earthquake that struck near Pakistan's border with Iran stands at 35 dead and more than 150 injured, authorities said Wednesday.
HIDE CAPTION
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tuesday's earthquake destroyed more than 150 homes
  • It was followed by at least two aftershocks
  • Doctors and food were being rushed to the area

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- The casualty count from an earthquake that struck near Pakistan's border with Iran stands at 35 dead and more than 150 injured, authorities said Wednesday.

The quake, measured at a 7.8 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck Tuesday in Balochistan province, destroying more than 150 mud houses.

Doctors and food were being rushed to the area Wednesday, Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority said. Helicopters were picking up injured people and dropping food to affected areas.

Dozens dead in Iranian border quake
Pakistani quake survivors living in ruins
Quake victims fill Pakistani hospitals
Iran: Nuclear plants safe from quake

To exacerbate the issue, two aftershocks rocked the area Wednesday morning, according to Shafiq Ahmed, of Pakistan's meteorological department. One was a 6.0-magnitude and the other was a 5.3-magnitude, Ahmed said.

On the Iranian side, the quake injured at least a dozen people, authorities said Tuesday.

Powerful quake felt far away

The area where the earthquake struck is sparsely populated.

Carrieann Bedwell, a USGS seismologist, said a 7.8-magnitude quake was "a large event for any area" and could be expected to cause damage.

The epicenter of the quake, which struck at about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, was about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of the Iranian city of Saravan, according to the Iranian Seismological Center.

In the Pakistani border city of Mashkell, one of the worst affected areas, hundreds of shops in the marketplace were damaged or destroyed, a witness said. Several buildings had collapsed.

The area, which receives electricity from Iran, was dark.

Aftershocks were felt in Mashkell Wednesday morning.

Residents in the city of Quetta, about 200 miles east-northeast of Mashkell, said the floor shook under their feet and light fixtures swayed when the quake struck.

Journalist Rabia Ali was among those to feel the quake in Karachi, Pakistan, hundreds of miles to the southeast.

"I was at home. I was in my bed, and the bed started moving for a good 15 seconds," she said. "We realized it was an earthquake, and we started evacuating. Everyone came out onto the street and started praying. The children were crying."

CNN's Saima Mohsin contributed to this report

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 2:18 PM EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
While aspects of the fighting in Gaza resemble earlier clashes, this time feels different, writes military analyst Rick Francona.
updated 11:54 PM EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
If India and the U.S. were Facebook friends, the relationship between them would undoubtedly be "complicated." Can the U.S. Secretary of State's visit change that?
updated 10:38 AM EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
The death of an American from Ebola fuels fears of the further global spread of the virus.
updated 2:35 PM EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
Take a look inside Airbus' new -- and surprisingly quiet -- A350XWB.
updated 7:08 AM EDT, Thu July 31, 2014
Flowers, a teddy bear and the smells of jet fuel and death haunt the MH17 crash site.
updated 8:06 AM EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
Nearly two weeks after MH17 was blown out of the sky, Dutch investigators have yet to lay eyes on the wreckage. How useful will it be now?
updated 11:10 AM EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
The U.S. and EU are imposing new sanctions on Moscow -- but will they have any effect?
This looks like a ghost ship, but it's actually the site of a tense international standoff between the Philippines and China.
updated 8:48 PM EDT, Fri July 25, 2014
Sure, Fido is a brown Lab. But inside, he may also be a little green.
updated 9:03 AM EDT, Mon July 28, 2014
Photograph of an undisclosed location by Patrycja Makowska
Patrycja Makowska likes to give enigmatic names to the extraordinarily beautiful photographs she shoots of crumbling palaces.
CNN joins the fight to end modern-day slavery by shining a spotlight on its horrors and highlighting success stories.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT