Magnitude 5.2 earthquake jolts parts of Balochistan

QUETTA: An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 jolted Lasbela and other parts of Balochistan province on Friday, the National Seismic Monitoring Centre (NSMC) confirmed.

According to details, the provincial disaster management authority (PDMA) said that tremors were also felt in Wadh tehsil of Khuzdar while Sonaro and parts of the district also witnessed the earthquake. The jolts caused panic among the population, sending people fleeing their homes in panic.

Director General (DG) PDMA said that Chief Minister (CM) Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo and Chief Secretary Balochistan have directed immediate action and relief items have been sent to the affected areas.

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According to the PDMA, relief supplies include tents, bedding, food and medicine. The DG said that no casualties were reported from the quake and the affected area was being monitored effectively.

The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The epicenter was reported 80 kilometers north of Bela, according to the US Geological Survey.

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