5.3 magnitude earthquake jolts Baluchistan: USGS

  • PTI, Karachi
  • Updated: Aug 04, 2015 01:16 IST

An 5.3 magnitude earthquake jolted the Baluchistan province of Pakistan on Monday, reported the US Geological Survey (USGS). But the local authorities said the earthquake waves had not caused any damage or injuries anywhere in the province.

The USGS said that the earthquake struck at a depth of 27km with its epicenter located 82 kilometres Khuzdar district where strong shockwaves were felt. However, a Pakistan meteorological department official said the earthquake in fact measured at 5.5 magnitude with a depth of just 10km, and 70km from Khuzdar.

In the past seven years, Baluchistan located in the Southwestern area of Pakistan has been jolted by strong earthquakes at least five times of varying intensity. In September 2013, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 jolted the province of Baluchistan, also in the year 2005, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck Pakistan-administered Kashmir, near the city of Muzaffarabad.

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