News / Asia

Pakistani Military Evacuates Earthquake Victims

Pakistani earthquake survivor carries a goat among the rubble of collapsed mud houses in the Mashkail area of southwestern Baluchistan province on April 17, 2013.
Pakistani earthquake survivor carries a goat among the rubble of collapsed mud houses in the Mashkail area of southwestern Baluchistan province on April 17, 2013.
VOA News
The Pakistani military has evacuated 16 people badly injured by Tuesday's powerful earthquake near the Iranian border, as relief operations in the region continue.

Helicopters transported the injured Wednesday from Mashkal in Baluchistan province to the regional capital of Quetta for treatment.

The military says hundreds of soldiers are helping in the overall relief effort, after the magnitude 7.8 quake collapsed homes and killed 34 people.

Click to EnlargeClick to Enlarge
x
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter for Tuesday afternoon's earthquake was near the Iranian cities of Khash and Saravan in Sistan and Baluchistan province.  The region has experienced several quakes since then, including a magnitude 5.7 early Wednesday.

Iranian state media said one person was killed by falling rocks after the initial earthquake.  Provincial Governor Hatam Narouyi said Tuesday the epicenter was in a sparsely-populated area.  

The quake also shook the cities hundreds of kilometers from the epicenter, including the Pakistani city of Karachi.

A British woman working in Karachi said the Pakistani commercial capital was not badly affected.

"We were in a room and I was talking to somebody and he suddenly said what is that?  And then I realized his chair was shaking, and then everybody started leaving the building, we all went outside," she recalled. "The cars were all shaking, it must have lasted, oh I think about a minute, until the cars stopped shaking.  And we stood out and waited because obviously there was some concern that there might be a bigger earthquake afterwards.  But as far as I could see there was no damage here, everybody is quite used to these kind of drills, and everyone evacuated safely, waited for a couple of minutes then we all went back inside."

The quake was felt as far away as the Indian capital, New Delhi, and several Gulf cities like Dubai, where some office workers briefly evacuated buildings as a precaution.

Geophysicist John Bellini at the U.S. National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado said the widespread shaking was typical for such an event.

"Because it is a large earthquake, the vibrations that are produced will spread out large enough for people to feel over a wider area," Bellini said. "Earthquake waves spread around the world for just about any earthquake, but when it is a much larger earthquake it takes a lot longer time for them to calm down, even at farther distances from the epicenter."

Bellini said the quake happened 82 kilometers underground, a relatively deep level that usually means damage is confined to the epicenter rather than being spread out.

Iran is prone to frequent earthquakes as it sits on several major fault lines.  Last Tuesday (April 9), a quake with a magnitude of around 6.0 hit southwestern Iran near the city of Bushehr, killing at least 37 people.

  • In this photo taken April 16, 2013, Iranians clear a route at the Gosht district after an earthquake hit southeastern Iran.
  • People evacuate buildings after a major earthquake hit Karachi, Pakistan, April 16, 2013. A quake described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century flatted homes and offices near the border with Pakistan.
  • Office workers stand outside of their buildings following a tremor in Karachi, April 16, 2013. An 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck Iran on Tuesday with tremors felt across Pakistan among other regions, media reported.
  • People evacuate buildings and call their relatives after a tremor was felt in Karachi, Pakistan, April 16, 2013.
  • People wait outside after evacuating offices in Dubai Media City following tremors in Dubai, April 16, 2013. 
  • In this photo taken April 16, 2013, Iranians stay outside their homes at the Gosht district after an earthquake hit southeastern Iran. The earthquake toppled homes and shops on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border killing dozens of people.

You May Like

UN Ambassador Power Highlights Plight of Women Prisoners

She launches the 'Free the 20' campaign, aimed at profiling women being deprived of their freedom around the world More

Satellite Launch Sparks Spectacular Light Show

A slight delay in a satellite launch lit up the Florida sky early this morning More

Fleeing IS Killings in Syria, Family Reaches Bavaria

Exhausted, scared and under-nourished, Khalil and Maha's tale mirrors those of thousands of refugees from war-torn countries who have left their homes in the hopes of finding a better life More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOAi
X
August 31, 2015 2:17 AM
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOA

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. As Bronwyn Benito and Faith Lapidus report, a Musicians' Village is preserving the city's unique sound.
Video

Video In Russia, Auto Industry in Tailspin

Industry insiders say country relies too heavily on imports as inflation cuts too many consumers out of the market. Daniel Schearf has more from Moscow.
Video

Video Scientist Calls Use of Fetal Tissue in Medical Research Essential

An anti-abortion group responsible for secret recordings of workers at a women's health care organization claims the workers shown are offering baby parts for sale, a charge the organization strongly denies. While the selling of fetal tissue is against the law in the United States, abortion and the use of donated fetal tissue for medical research are both legal. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.

VOA Blogs