5.6-magnitude quake hits Sindh: USGS

A photo of a man affected by the Awaran earthquake in September. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

A photo of a man affected by the Awaran earthquake in September. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

KARACHI: A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit Sindh early on Friday, seismologists said.

The quake struck at 12:28am at the relatively shallow depth of five kilometres, 32 kilometres west of Warah, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

In an initial assessment, the USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Pakistan was hit by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake on October 8, 2005, that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Kashmir and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake devastated several areas, including Awaran in Balochistan, in September. It killed at least 376 people and left some 100,000 others homeless.

Source: The Express Tribune

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