20 dead in the southern region of Pakistan.
Quetta: At around 20 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in the southern region of Pakistan, Disaster Management Authority Director General Naseer Nasir said on Thursday.
The earthquake of magnitude of 5.7 was felt at the beginning of Thursday, while people were asleep. Rescue workers reported that the victims were mostly children and women.
The quake was fairly small at just 20 kilometers (12 miles) with an epicenter of 102 kilometers (62 miles) east of Quetta according to Quetta’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
More than 100 mud-built houses fell apart and many were damaged including government structures. Hundreds of people were made without a home, Sohail Anwar, deputy director of Harnai city, Harnai said to Reuters.
Social media posted images of homes shaking and light fixtures swaying when the earthquake struck the area, then stunned people gathered in the street, in darkness.
The injured were transported to the hospital, and others were taken to a hospital on stretchers under the light of a cellphone torch.
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck Quetta in 1935 that killed between 30,000 to 60,000 people. This made it among the most deadly earthquakes to strike South Asia in recorded history.