Strong 6.2 earthquake jolts parts of Balochistan in south-western Pakistan
Islamabad, February 8, 2017
Several parts of Balochistan in south-western Pakistan were jolted by a magnitute 6.2 earthquake in the early hours of this morning.
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake of moderate intensity, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.2°N and longitude 63.4°E, occurred at 0333 hours IST at a focal depth of 10 km.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake measured 6.3 on the Richter scale and had its epicentre 20 km west south-west of the coastal town of Pasni, about 450 km from Karachi. It occurred at 2203 hours UTC at a focal depth of 25.9 km, it said.
Pakistani media reports said tremors, which occurred at 0304 hours local time, were felt in places such as Gwadar, Makran and Pasni. There were no reports of casualties or damage to property. Relief teams were sent to remote parts of the region and officials had fanned out to survey the area.
Pasni, with a population of about 400,000 people, is located on the Makran coast on the Arabian Sea.