RT.com is reporting that a second earthquake has rattled the Balochistan province of Pakistan, just days after a first quake struck the region, killing over 500 people.
It is being reported that at least 50 people have perished in the new earthquake, which occurred on Saturday, September 28 at 7:34 AM GMT.
The quake occurred about 96 kilometers to the northeast of the Awaran district, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. They report that it had a magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter scale.
The report from the local meteorlogical office, however, varied somewhat in the details, measuring the quake at 7.2 and placing its epicenter about 150 kilometers southwest of Khuzdar.
There also seemed to be some disagreement about whether the quake was an entirely new earthquake or just an aftershock from the previous one. Zahid Rafi, director of the National Seismic Center of Pakistan told GeoTV that it was an independent quake, not an aftershock. However, Arif Mahmood, Pakistan’s chief meteorologist, told a local TV station that it was indeed an aftershock, and could be following by several more.
News reports say that tremors from the earthquake have been felt as far away as the Indian capital of New Dehli.
Written by: Nancy Schimelpfening