6.8-magnitude quake hits shattered Pakistan region: USGS

6.8-magnitude quake hits shattered Pakistan region: USGS
A Pakistani volunteer distributes biscuit to earthquake survivor girls near their collapsed mud houses in the earthquake-devastated district of Awaran on September 27, 2013. The death toll from the 7.7-magnitude quake which hit the vast, impoverished province of Baluchistan stands at 359 and even after three days the government is struggling to reach survivors. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) says it has dispatched 25,000 tents and 6,000 blankets to the affected areas, as more than 100,000 people made homeless by the quake face a third day in scorching heat.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Pakistan Saturday in a region already devastated by a quake which left more than 300 dead just days ago.

The new tremor struck 96 kilometres (59 miles) northeast of the district of Awaran at a depth of 14 km at 1234 (0734 GMT) according to the US Geological Survey.

"It was not an aftershock it was an independent earthquake," Zahid Rafi, director of the National Seismic Centre of Pakistan, told Geo TV.

Awaran, a remote region in the province of Baluchistan, was shattered by a 7.7-magnitude quake on Tuesday which left 359 dead and more than 100,000 people homeless.

An AFP reporter in Awaran said Saturday that hundreds of patients being treated in the aftermath of the previous quake fled a hospital in panic as the new tremor hit.

"We are checking but no reports of losses have yet been received," Jan Mohammad Buledi, spokesman for the provincial government of Baluchistan told AFP.

Pakistan's chief meteorologist Arif Mehmood told television channel Express News that the magnitude of Saturday's quake measured 7.2.

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