7.2 temblor jolts Pakistan

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Islamabad: A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale that hit a remote area of southwest Pakistan on January 19 shook the ground from Delhi to Dubai, damaging about 200 structures though there were no reports of direct casualties.

However, two women — one in Jacobabad in Sindh province and another at Quetta in Balochistan — died of heart attacks during the quake, while three persons were taken to hospital at Multan in Punjab after suffering cardiac arrest, Geo News channel reported.

Initial reports indicated that around 200 mud houses near the epicenter of the quake in Balochistan province were damaged though there were no reports of loss of lives, National Disaster Manage-ment Authority Chair-man Nadeem Ahmed said.

The earthquake oc-curred at 1:23 a.m. Pakistan time at a depth of 84 km, the US Geological Survey said.

Its epicenter was 45 km west of Dalbandin, a remote town in Balo-chistan with a population of 15,000.

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