Published September 24, 2013
A powerful earthquake rattled southern Pakistan at 7:29 a.m. EDT, Tuesday. The earthquake was preliminarily given a magnitude of 7.4, but was later adjusted to a magnitude 7.7.
The powerful quake was centered about 43 miles north-northeast of Awaran, Pakistan, and less than 200 miles northwest of Karachi.
The earthquake was reported at a depth of 9.3 miles, making it a very shallow quake.
The death toll from the earthquake has now reached 39, according to the Associated Press.The chief spokesman for the country's National Disaster Management Authority, Mirza Kamran Zia, says most of the casualties occurred when houses collapsed on people inside.
The death toll is expected to increase along with reports of damaged and destroyed buildings throughout the region as the rescue efforts continue. Due to the remote location of some villages near the center of the earthquake it will take many hours to reach the areas that could be most affected by the earthquake.
Reports of shaking were felt in Karachi and even as far away as New Delhi, India, according to the USGS.
A strong magnitude-5.9 aftershock was reported in the area about 7 minutes after the initial quake. More aftershocks are expected across the region during the next couple of days.