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One dead, 30 injured in southern Pakistan quakes
by Staff Writers
Karachi (AFP) May 09, 2014


Strong quake shakes Mexico
Mexico City (AFP) May 10, 2014 - A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook southern Mexico and the nation's capital early Saturday, prompting people to flee into the streets in the dead of night two days after a similar temblor.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries following the quake, which struck as people slept at 2:36 am (0736 GMT).

The US Geological Survey, which monitors earthquakes worldwide, said the epicenter was seven kilometers (four miles) west of Tecpan de Galeana in the southern state of Guerrero, with a depth of 35 kilometers.

Mexico's National Seismology Service had measured it at 6.3 and later revised it down to 5.9, closer to the USGS's assessment.

"The states of Guerrero, Morelos, Oaxaca and the Federal District (Mexico City) have not reported any damage," said national civil protection coordinator Luis Felipe Puente.

The earthquake rattled people out of their sleep and tormented those awake at bars.

"The bed's movement woke me up. I grabbed the kids and we got out running," said Rosalia Leyva, a 49-year-old lawyers who fled her Mexico City apartment.

Adriana Mendoza, 21, was outside a bar in downtown Mexico City when it happened.

"It felt horrible. I almost fell and I haven't even had much to drink," she said.

Puente said the earthquake was the 22nd aftershock following a 6.4-magnitude temblor that hit the country on Thursday.

Thursday's earthquake was centered 15 kilometers from Tecpan de Galeana, causing a bridge to collapse in Guerrero but sparing the country from major damage or injuries.

The new temblor came three weeks after a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook the capital and the Pacific resort of Acapulco on April 18, causing panic but no major damage.

Mexico City is sensitive to distant earthquakes because it was built over soft soil from a drained lake that magnifies their effect.

In 1985, thousands of people were killed in the capital when buildings collapsed after an 8.1-magnitude temblor struck the Pacific coast.

A series of small earthquakes hit southern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least one person and injuring 30 others, officials said.

Three shallow quakes struck near the city of Nawabshah in Sindh province in the space of an hour starting at 3:51 am (2251 GMT Thursday), sending frightened residents running into the streets praying for their lives.

The most powerful tremor was measured at 5.0 magnitude, an official in the meteorological department told AFP.

An emergency was declared at the city's hospitals and district offices, with schools and colleges closed down, he said. Around 100 houses in Nawabshah were damaged.

Work was under way to assess the extent of the damage caused by the quakes, which were also felt in several nearby small towns including Sakrand, Daur, Daulat Pur and Bandhi.

Asif Arain, a Nawabshah resident, said: "The shaking woke us and we ran out of home reciting verses from the Koran.

"Then we felt another jolt, that was even more terrifying. I felt sick."

A local administration official, Irfan Kathio, told AFP that at least one person had died and 30 others were injured, including women and children.

"We received 30 injured in our hospital, of whom one 71-year-old man died of his injuries," Mohammad Hashim, a senior doctor at Nawabshah's civil hospital, told AFP.

He said the condition of five of the injured was critical.

Taj Colony neighbourhood in Nawabshah was the worst affected, resident Ghulam Mustafa told AFP.

The roofs of many of the houses there had crumbled, he said, with electricity supplies to the area disrupted.

The quake was followed by two aftershocks measuring 4.7 and 4.9 magnitude with epicentres northeast and northwest of Nawabshah, the meteorology official said. The US Geological Survey measured the three quakes at magnitudes 4.5, 4.3 and 4.6.

The quakes all struck at a relatively shallow depth of around 15 kilometres (9.5 miles).

Pakistan straddles part of the boundary where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, making the country susceptible to earthquakes.

A devastating 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan-administered Kashmir in October 2005, killing more than 73,000 people and leaving around 3.5 million homeless.

Last September a 7.7-magnitude hit Awaran district in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing at least 376 people and leaving 100,000 others homeless.

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