Strong M7.7 Earthquake Strikes Remote Region of Southern Pakistan

BOSTON, Sept. 24, 2013 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, at 7:29 a.m. Eastern time (4:29 p.m. local time), a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck southern Pakistan. The epicenter was located 69 km (43 miles) north-northeast of Awaran in the province of Balochistan. The quake struck at a depth of 20.0 kilometers and was followed minutes later by a M5.9 aftershock. The USGS issued a red alert for this temblor, meaning that high casualties and widespread damage are probable. Rescue efforts have begun in full force with Balochistan officials…

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