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Strong Quake Shakes Pakistan; Area Thinly Populated

NPR icon by Mark Memmott
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There was a strong, 7.7-magnitude earthquake in southern Pakistan on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. It's been followed by several aftershocks — one of them with a 5.9-magnitude.

According to Reuters, there have been at least six deaths reported. Fortunately, the area — "145 miles southeast of Dalbandin in Pakistan's western province of Baluchistan" — is thinly populated.

Pakistan's Dawn newspaper adds that the director of the regional Disaster Management Authority says "some houses have been damaged in Awaran and Chaghai areas of Balochistan."

As NPR's Richard Harris cautions, though, "when a quake strikes in a remote area, it can take many hours or even days to hear about the extent of damage it causes."

We'll keep an eye on the news and update.

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