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5.9 magnitude earthquake shakes Balochistan province, killing at least 20

At around 3am local time, an earthquake shook the region of Harnai in Balochistan province. American Geological Survey (USGS)

The USGS initially measured 5.7 on the Richter scale, but changed its magnitude to 5.9 a few hours later. It adjusted the depth from 20.8 kilometers (12.9 miles) to 9 kilometers (5.6 miles).

The Balochistan Lewis Force, the province’s paramilitary law enforcement agency, said some houses in Harnai had collapsed following the quake.

“The rescue operation has been going on since 3 am. The injured were airlifted to the hospital by helicopter,” Hornai district commissioner Sohail Afridi said, adding that the situation was now under control.

The Haiti Foundation, a welfare organization, told CNN that Hernai is located in a rural area and is not easily accessible.

According to the Balochistan Lewis Force, the road to Hernai has been blocked by landslides. A Video The paramilitary team posted on Twitter that officers involved in clearing the road had manually removed debris from the headlights of two vehicles.
The last major earthquake in Balochistan September 2013. The quake, measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale, struck a remote, uninhabited area of ​​Avaran, killing at least 330 people and injuring 445 others.

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