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Strong quake strikes near Crete, material damage reported
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Athens (AFP) Oct 12, 2013


Quake hits southwest Pakistan: officials
Quetta, Pakistan (AFP) Oct 12, 2013 - A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Pakistan Saturday, meteorological officials said, with tremors felt in some of the areas ravaged by a deadly quake last month.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), and its epicentre was 80 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of Khuzdar in Baluchistan province, senior meteorologist Tauseef Alam said.

Another meteorlogist, Shahid Mehmood, said that the tremors were felt in Khuzdar, and towns in Awaran and Kharan.

No loss of life or property was immediately reported.

The 7.7-magnitude earthquake last month devastated several areas, including Awaran. It killed at least 376 people and left some 100,000 others homeless.

The population of Awaran is scattered over more than 21,000 square kilometres (8,000 square miles) of remote and rugged terrain. Infrastructure is extremely limited, with few medical facilities or even roads.

The quake was Pakistan's deadliest since the devastating Kashmir tremor of 2005, which killed 73,000.

Southwestern Baluchistan is Pakistan's largest province, and is believed to have large oil and gas reserves, but it remains very poor and is marked by political instability.

An earthquake with a magnitude of more than six degrees struck near the island of Crete in southern Greece on Saturday, with initial reports of damage to houses and shops .

According to the US Geological Survey the quake had a 6.4 magnitude, while the Athens Observatory gave it a magnitude of 6.2.

The epicentre was some 60 kilometres (37 miles) off the city of Hania in western Crete, the state-run Athens News Agency said.

The earthquake struck at 4:11 pm (1311 GMT) and its epicentre was in the sea, 275 kilometres south of Athens, the Athens Observatory announced, describing the quake as "strong."

"The quake took place in an area known for its seismic activity. It was strongly felt in Crete but also in the rest of Greece," geology professor Efthymios Lekkas told Skai radio.

"It was very impressive because the shaking lasted some 40-50 seconds," a woman who identified herself only as Vassia, told an AFP reporter on the island.

According to Skai radio station, houses and shops in Hania were damaged while one person was lightly injured while attempting to jump out a window.

Local media further reported that fallen rocks had blocked a road close to Hania.

Greece is one of Europe's most earthquake-prone countries.

On Friday, a 4.4-magnitude earthquake, described as "mild" by the observatory, struck the north of the country causing no damage.

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