Earthquake Kills at Least 15 in Pakistan

At least 15 people died in the earthquake that hit Pakistan early Thursday, according to civil protection officials and local news.

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake struck just after 3 a.m. local time and had a magnitude of 5.7. 6.2 km.

The epicenter of the quake was about 21 kilometers northeast of Harnai, Balochistan. It is about 60 miles from Quetta, the capital near the border with Afghanistan.

Deputy commissioner Harunai told local reporters that at least 50 people were injured. Authorities expect charges to be filed. According to rescue authorities, most of the dead were women and children.

More than 100 mud houses collapsed and other houses, including government buildings, were damaged, according to Reuters. Harnai city vice president Sohail Anwar told Reuters that hundreds of people had lost their homes.

Video shows how injured people are treated while lying on street stretchers.

Pakistan is located in an area known for its high seismic activity. The 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck several cities in northern Pakistan and parts of the controlled Kashmir region, killing at least 22 people and injuring more than 700. In 2013, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck a remote area of ​​West Pakistan, killing at least 80 people. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the southwest in 2008, killing at least 150 people and injuring hundreds more.

One of the biggest earthquakes in the country was the 2005 quake that killed more than 75,000 people in the north in a 7.8 magnitude quake. A magnitude 7.7 earthquake also hit Quetta in 1935, killing 30,000 to 60,000 people.

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