253 aftershocks rock quake-hit Pakistan

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Islamabad, Oct 31: More than 250 aftershocks have shaken southwest Pakistan since the devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 215 people, seismologists said on Thursday, Oct 30.

"So far we have recorded 253 aftershocks", Saifullah Shami, from the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), said by telephone from the provincial capital of Baluchistan, Quetta. Four of the tremors were strong, two were severe and two were moderate, he added. The initial earthquake happened before dawn on Wednesday, flattening mud-brick houses in the impoverished mountainous region bordering Afghanistan, causing landslides and rock falls, killing or injuring people as they slept.

A 6.2-magnitude aftershock on Wednesday afternoon recorded by the United States Geological Survey caused fresh panic for survivors in the region, as rescue workers struggled to reach affected villages and distribute aid and shelter.


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