Moderate Earthquake Jolts SW Pakistan

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A 5.7-magnitude earthquake rocked southwestern Pakistan early Wednesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered 206 kilometers southwest of the city of Kalat in Baluchistan province, at a depth of eight kilometers.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the area, which lies close to the border with Afghanistan.

Earthquakes are common in the region.

In January, a powerful 7.2-magnitude quake hit the same area. On October 8, 2005, a 7.6-magnitude quake killed more than 70,000 people in northwestern Pakistan and Pakistani-administered Kashmir, and left more than 3 million people homeless.