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Publication date 20/01/2011
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck a sparsely populated area of south-western Pakistan in the early hours of 19 January, at a depth of 84km (U.S. Geological Survey).
- The epicentre was approximately 60km from the Afghanistan border, to the west of the town of Dalbandin in Balochistan’s Chagai district, though shaking was reported in major population centres including Karachi and Quetta.
- 200 houses in Chagai are reported to have sustained partial damage. Otherwise there have so far been no reports of significant property damage. Aerial surveys by the military today appear to have confirmed that damage is relatively minor. On-the-ground assessments are ongoing.
- PDMA has dispatched 200 tents and blankets to the area. NDMA reports having dispatched various relief items, including tents (800), blankets (7,000), ready-to-eat meals and water. NDMA also states that UNHCR has agreed to make a further 1,500 tents available, if required. Army medical teams are on standby and troops have been deployed to the area to carry out search and rescue operations, if required.
- OCHA continues to maintain close contact with provincial and federal authorities and will share further updates as needed. A number of states and donor agencies have offered support. At this point a formal request for international assistance is not foreseen and based on available information the response appears to be within the capacity of the Government of Pakistan.