Heavy casualties feared as 7.8-magnitude Pakistan quake flattens houses
QUETTA, Pakistan (AFP/AP) - Heavy casualties were feared on Tuesday after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit south-western Pakistan, demolishing houses and sending people running into the streets in panic.
The quake struck at 4.29pm local time, around 100km south-west of the city of Khuzdar in Baluchistan province, at a depth of 15km.
The province in south-west Pakistan is the country's largest but also the least populated.
The area of the epicentre is sparsely populated, but the United States Geological Survey issued a red alert for the quake, warning that heavy casualties were likely, based on past data.