Earthquake damages over 80 houses in Balochistan

Earthquake damages over 80 houses in Balochistan
The earthquake was felt for half a minute, forcing the people to run out of their homes into the open, officials said.Twitter/ @GeoGeorgeology

Islamabad: At least 80 houses collapsed in Khuzdar district when a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan’s Balochistan province, rendering over 200 families homeless, media reports said on Saturday.

According to the meteorological office, the quake’s epicentre was located near Aurnaji, and hit the area at 11.55 am on Friday, the Dawn newspaper reported.

The earthquake was felt for half a minute, forcing the people to run out of their homes into the open, officials said.

After the major jolts, the area kept experiencing aftershocks at brief intervals.

A vast area of Aurnaji was affected by the earthquake that demolished over 80 houses while big cracks appeared in 260 other houses, retired Major Ilyas Kibzai, the deputy commissioner of Khuzdar, told Dawn, adding that most of the destroyed houses were built with mud.

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