7.2 magnitude earthquake jolts Pakistan, no casualties, minor damage

Published: January 19, 2011
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People pray in the streets of Neelum Colony, Karachi, following the earthquake tremors. PHOTO: Nefer Sehgal

People pray in the streets of Neelum Colony, Karachi, following the earthquake tremors. PHOTO: Nefer Sehgal

People pray in the streets of Neelum Colony, Karachi, following the earthquake tremors. PHOTO: Nefer Sehgal Epicentre of the earthquake that hit Pakistan early Wedensday morning. PHOTO: GFZ POTSDAM

KARACHI: A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southwestern Pakistan, the US Geological Survey reported early Wednesday morning.

Residents of cities as far as far apart as New Delhi and Dubai, but doing little damage to the sparsely populated region.

The earthquake hit Karachi, Hyderabad, Quetta, Jaffarabad, while tremors were felt in Lahore and Sargodha.

The quake was more than 80 km (50 miles) underground, close to the town of Dalbandin in Balochistan province, near the Afghan and Iranian frontiers, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Akbar Durrani, interior secretary of Balochistan province, said there were no reports of casualties. “There has been partial damage to house in villages near Dalbandin but there were no casualties,” he told Reuters.

Naeem Shah, head of Dalbandin police, said he had no reports of any injuries or deaths. “There were no human losses,” Shah said. “The walls of a few houses and offices collapsed but there are no reports of any casualties.”

The US agency revised an initial estimate that the quake was very shallow ranging at 7.4, and said it probably centred at a depth of 52 miles (83 km), 55 km (34 miles) west of Dalbandin, a town of about 15,000 people.

Poor communications delayed reports from the remote area but despite the strength of the shock, its depth seems to have limited damage. The USGS had first said the earthquake was much shallower.

Residents in major cities as far apart as the Indian capital New Delhi and the Gulf emirate of Dubai said they felt tremors, as did people in Karachi, although there were no early reports there of damage or injuries.

In Quetta, 330 km (205 miles) northeast of the epicentre, a woman died at a hospital from a heart attack following the quake, hospital officials said. In Karachi, 400 km (250 miles) away, people rushed from their homes as the quake hit.

“I felt like my bed was shaking. I got up and ran to check the children,” said Masooma Rizvi. “It was very scary. I have never felt anything like this before.”

The Pacific Tsunami Center said the quake had not triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

A major quake of this magnitude is capable of causing widespread and heavy damage.

The distance of the epicentre to known locations is:

55 km (34 miles) W (271°) from Dalbandin, Pakistan
263 km (164 miles) W (269°) from Kalat, Pakistan
301 km (187 miles) ESE (102°) from Zahedan, Iran
793 km (493 miles) NE (41°) from MUSCAT, Oman

On October 8, 2005, a 7.6 magnitude quake 95 km northeast of Islamabad killed over 70,000 people.

A major quake of this magnitude, if at a shallow depth and close to population centres, is capable of causing widespread and heavy damage and could pose fresh strains on Pakistan following the devastating floods last year which left more than 10 million people homeless.

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  • Aamina
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:52AM

    It was felt in Dubai as well!Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 1:52AM

    may Allah save usRecommend

  • Ritesh
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:53AM

    Tremors were felt in the Delhi-NCR region (India) as wellRecommend

  • Sadia
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:53AM

    Stay safe, Pakistan.Recommend

  • Asher Mehboob
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:54AM

    I felt the jolts in Sargodha.Recommend

  • farhan
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:05AM

    FIRST!! MUHAHAHHAHA
    YEA EARTHQUAKE \m/ Recommend

  • Fahed
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:06AM

    May GOD forgive us and save our country from this all, Amen Recommend

  • pharan Tanveer
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:06AM

    :o …Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 2:10AM

    :( :(Recommend

  • saad
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:12AM

    Holy [email protected]#@ the tremors didnt stop for at least a min or 2 !!! and all the way in karachi…..dha thats like near the sea…… 2012 seems frighteningly less of movie now…… Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:17AM

    It is time for people to recite the holy book Quran and seek forgiveness of Al-Mighty Allah.

    May Al-Mighty Allah save Pakistan from further destruction. Ameen.Recommend

  • saad
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:17AM

    tremors felt all the way in karachi…..and for a good minute or so…….2012 seems frighteningly less of a movie now……Recommend

  • Aamir+Ali
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:18AM

    any reports of damage ?Recommend

  • Anant
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:21AM

    I felt even in Delhi, IndiaRecommend

  • khalid
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:23AM

    Our prophet P.B.U.H always use to offer namaz at such occations. We must offer two rakat nafal and ask for pardon to ALLAH. If u don’t then atleast ask pardon 4 your sins..Recommend

  • fakhar abbas
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:24AM

    i felt the shocks while sitting in my room. i was quite scared. may allah save us from any bigger disasater. amenRecommend

  • shashi
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:25AM

    i was feel earthquake in new Delhi till 10 second, it is a incident about 2 am .india just won by S.A ,Recommend

  • WAQAS
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:30AM

    our present condition n dealings are responsible for all this all of us plzz wake up all of u plz wake up this is the time that someone should realize that for what we were sent and what we r doing rite now plz realize someone is warning us that we r distract yes we r just think on it n do really mean it before its too late for all us may God help us all (ameen)Recommend

  • Asfar
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:31AM

    YESS WE ALSO FELT IN AL NAHDA SHARJAHRecommend

  • Sarang Thakare
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:31AM

    It was shocking in DELHI, INDIA too…Recommend

  • M Sharjeel
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:32AM

    May Allah Bless Us Ameen.Recommend

  • adnan
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:32AM

    god save usRecommend

  • bahadur
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:33AM

    recite ayat al-kursi when earthquake strikes.Recommend

  • Zubair
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:34AM

    It is God warth …Recommend

  • Zubair
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:36AM

    It is God warth. . . Recommend

  • sheraz
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:36AM

    salam

    i am in aaj tv..

    i was sitting in my room,
    suddenly i felt my computer and chair was moving..

    then everyone come out from rooms and start shouting…
    the time was exactly 1.23 am..

    may ALLAH save all of us….

    AMEEN….Recommend

  • maera
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:36AM

    It was soooo scary, we ran out of the building!!Recommend

  • Syed
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:37AM

    our highrise apartment building slightly swung in Sharjah but nothing serious . Alhumdolillah !! Recommend

  • akmed
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:37AM

    We need to make peace within Islam. Shiites and Sunnis must stop killing each other. This is punishment for violence within.Recommend

  • arslan
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:38AM

    its another chance by Allah …………… so we have to utilize this chance in god praying and noble deedsRecommend

  • Bashir Hasan Area Manager Country Club
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:39AM

    Yesssss I Also Felt In Al Nahda Flat 1708. SharjahRecommend

  • Danish+S.
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:41AM

    Plate tectonics ya’ll its only natural!Recommend

  • Asad Raza
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:43AM

    it was frightening as i live on 3rd floor of a building and i was literally shocked to see everything shaking up and swinging.. Everyone please “Astaghfar”Recommend

  • zohaib ahmed
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:43AM

    Time to change Blasphemy LAW. God is telling something. Listen to him, not Mullah. Mullah will tell you, it is a test. But no, it is punishment. Recommend

  • Asad Raza
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:44AM

    I am from KarachiRecommend

  • Alyzeh
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:47AM

    Allah protect us pleaseRecommend

  • Faridoon
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:48AM

    YA ALLAH!! Forgive us of our sins!!!Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:49AM

    I am in new Delhi. It was a strong earthquake that came twice in about 50 sec. Because of India-South Africa match , many were still awake. Almost from every house of my locality people came out of their houses and fear is still widespread. Bhagwan raksha kare sab ki!Recommend

  • Anubhav Prasad
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:50AM

    I slept while talking to my Love…I thought she’s the one giving me a wake up call & it’s morning… Realized a little later that it was a close call to Blue… Time : 2:04, Amity Hostel… !!Recommend

  • Raza Shafique
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:52AM

    i felt high tremors in Lahore as well Recommend

  • Mastishhk
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:55AM

    Whom should we blame for this earthquake?
    RAW, CIA, India or America ?Recommend

  • worried
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:56AM

    I live overseas. Can someone from Karachi please provide an update on situation there? Any damage?

    Hope all in Pakistan are safe: karachi, quetta, lahore, etc etc.Recommend

  • sanjeev swami
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:56AM

    I was working on my laptop in Jodhpur town of Rajasthan, when I suddenly felt my bed shaking. I thought it was an intution. My intution got verified with the news flashing on net.Recommend

  • arkh
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:58AM

    It was shocking in bandar abbas, iran tooRecommend

  • santosh
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:58AM

    we felt too ,all the people came out of their homes my bed was shakingRecommend

  • Miftah Ullah Qureshi Miftah
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:00AM

    No report from Peshawar.
    I did not feel here..Recommend

  • Ronit
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:00AM

    First time i felt an earthquake in my life…that too exported by Pakistan :pRecommend

  • Hina Safdar
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:02AM

    It lasts for a minute or so and it was not something Karachites are use to or ever experienced before. The most disturbing thing is people are linking it with Blasphemy law and Salman Taseers murder.Recommend

  • Sami
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:05AM

    Any damage ?? I hope everybody is OKRecommend

  • Atif Abro
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:08AM

    I Felt in Larkana Pakistan, n it was7.3 on Rector scale..Recommend

  • syed khundmir
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:12AM

    Until the people of Pakistan,over through the U.S puppet leader, and choose the right people for the nation.Pakistan will be in task.
    “In the like manner do We let some of the unjust have power one over another ,because of their (wrongful)deeds.Recommend

  • Noor Lodi
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:14AM

    @Ronit.and other negative @$$O’s.We don’t need you!Recommend

  • ali ahmed
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:15AM

    i am in karachi right now..and i dint feel even a slightest shock..!!Recommend

  • ali ahmed
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:17AM

    can anybody tell me where in khi,shocks were felt?Recommend

  • worried
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:21AM

    @ronit and other indians who are making snide comments:-

    You are the reason Pakistanis hate indians. Keep it up. Recommend

  • Pakistani57
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:23AM

    end of times is nigh hope i dont witness itRecommend

  • Noor
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:25AM

    I hope and wish that tomorrow’s sun does not come out weeping or making us cry … fi-amaan-AllahRecommend

  • Syed Nadir El-Edroos
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:28AM

    Earthquakes are a natural phenomena! Get over your insecurities! Pakistani’s are not the cause of Earthquakes! If that is the reasoning, then large parts of Afghanistan, Iran, Afghanistan, India and indeed the fish in the Arabian Sea have also felt the tremors! Why would you think that this is a sign meant for Pakistan? Recommend

  • AZMAT+KHAN
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:29AM

    SUCH A SEVERE QUAKE WITHOUT MUCH DAMAGE.THANK GOD.Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:32AM

    I’m surprised no crackpot conspiracy theorist has blamed HAARP for this uptill now. Still waiting though…Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 3:38AM

    GOD forgive us please !
    I was driving arround sea view near my place the massive jolts felt ! My car was like bubbing!
    ALLAH reham karey!
    55 km (34 miles) W (271°) from Dalbandin, Pakistan
    263 km (164 miles) W (269°) from Kalat, Pakistan
    301 km (187 miles) ESE (102°) from Zahedan, Iran
    793 km (493 miles) NE (41°) from MUSCAT, OmanRecommend

  • Sarah
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:39AM

    Scary that is was felt from Pakistan to India and the UAE

    everyone please pray and check out this website on disaster preparation and emergency kits
    and please share with everyone you know and love

    http://72hours.org/go_bag.htmlRecommend

  • Humanity
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:40AM

    Hina Safdar

    “The most disturbing thing is people are linking it with Blasphemy law and Salman Taseers murder.”

    Why is it disturbing? Scriptures are full of stories of God punishing those who take godly judgments in their hand and commit murder of innocent people in the name of God and His Holy Prophet (SAW).

    The supporters of blasphemy law should reflect. Blasphemy law is the blasphemy. Repent, seek forgive and repeal the blasphemy law. Free Aasia and other oppressed by this man-made law, which is fitna. Allah is sufficient to protect His honor and that of His Holy Prophet (SAW). He does not need the ignorant and arrogant people to help. He wipes out such people, when they refuse to mend their ways. This earthquake is a warning. Take heed, before it is too late.Recommend

  • SHAMI
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:40AM

    i live in gulshan iqbal 10/a. all peoples and families comes outside their appartments.Recommend

  • Najam
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:41AM

    i also feel the same damn earth quake today ALLAH US ALL plz pray ASTAGFAR as much as we can Recommend

  • Malik Nasir
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:44AM

    God Bless All of Us…AmeenRecommend

  • Anwar
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:48AM

    Nothing in Peshawar :S

    Hope all is well down southRecommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:52AM

    Oh well – ask the Americans for more money !!Recommend

  • Naveed
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:57AM

    May God Forgive Us ! We Should sorry To Lord For Our Sins ! Pray Regularly ! Accoding To ”BUKHARI-SHARIF” Its Prediction Of DOOMS DAY That There Would More Rapid Earth Quake In Earth Just Before Qayamat ! We Should pray Five Time A Day ! Spread “Amr-e-Bil Maroof wa nahii Anil Munkir” Make Stop Sins and Spread Virtuosity !!! Thanks !!! Recommend

  • danial malik
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:07AM

    ** it is a pathetic situation in which all people is trembling with the fear of earthquake , afcause , how can this gallant nation forgets the previous eartquake , earthquake of 7.2 magnitude can shake anyone ,more than two hours has elapssed but still horror can be seen on their faces . may allah save us from these kinds of natural calamities.
    ameen
    * danial malik *
    Recommend

  • Zubair
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:11AM

    Ya i agre with syed khundmir it is also bcoz of not following the religion and trying to interfer with it and supporting those which r munafiq brainwashed by westerners. . .God eshwar bles us ameen Recommend

  • Mohammed Sumair kolia
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:15AM

    Alhumdolillah we are Safe :)Recommend

  • Hiro
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:23AM

    felt nothing, near garden west, karachi.Recommend

  • Remus Dsouza
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:28AM

    I was in my office TRG when this happen.Recommend

  • sundar
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:37AM

    I used to think movement of tectonic plates leads to earth quakes, is natural, has happened many times in the past and will happen in future too. Recommend

  • noor
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:44AM

    felt nothing in khiRecommend

  • Al Zakir
    Jan 19, 2011 - 5:03AM

    It is wrath of allah on our sin. Earthquake epicenter dalbandin is major military base of zionist america..we must stop killing shia and ahmadi. . And try to liberate our muslim ummah from Zionist Nato and terrorist israel..Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 5:11AM

    7.2? How come I didnt feel it. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jan 19, 2011 - 5:44AM

    @syed khundmir. So the American’s are evil and God is punishing Pakistan – that’s pretty pathetic thinking. I suggest you get a dictionary and look up the word xenophobia – then look into a mirror.Recommend

  • Anarchistani
    Jan 19, 2011 - 5:50AM

    Has there been any damage done or harm caused to people ?
    All my prayers and thoughts are with all those affected.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Jan 19, 2011 - 7:15AM

    This was not natural something has caused it
    Because never has KARACHI faced an earthquake 7.3 on the Richter scale
    Coastal areas never get such tremendous ones
    There is something behind it…Recommend

  • Observer
    Jan 19, 2011 - 8:00AM

    @Mastishhk
    No need to blame anyone….
    This is act of God…
    Do not make fun of it……!!!!!
    Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 8:07AM

    These are the signs of ALLAH ALLMIGHTY and when he says “establish your prayers and pay the poor due”, please do not hesitate.

    ALLAH ALLMIGHTY also says as a continous reminder to all of hunamkind, “do not spread mischief and corruption in the land”.

    ALLAH ALLMIGHTY repeatedly says “the righteous will enter heaven”.

    Salams for 2011 and ever.Recommend

  • Dr. Junaid
    Jan 19, 2011 - 8:21AM

    SALAM PAKISTAN..

    ME FROM QUETTA..
    I also FELT THE JOLTS AROUND 1:20/25 am..

    that weere very horrible.

    MAY ALLAH FORGIVE US ALL..
    AMEEEENRecommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 8:29AM

    Why people are getting so worried. So what if God wants us to die this way. For God sake don’t cry and shiver with fear but say ” Tauba” *for your sins before you and we go down miles deep under the earth. Remember! Death has to come one day and this will be a very easy death without any pain and quick getaway from this sinful and violent world…………So every reader *Good By and ALLAH HAFIZ. Hope to see you on the day of final judgment if we are able to recognize each other.Recommend

  • zehra
    Jan 19, 2011 - 8:30AM

    i reside in uae,it was about 12 25 a.m ,i was on my laptop,i felt my bed shook terribly,it was hard to believe what i felt after the jolts, as it was my life first experience.i live in a tall building of 12 floors,mine is 10th. It was impossible to escape from such a height,only we must seek our forgiveness from Allah SWT,may Allah forgive our sins and grant us a death where we get a chance to recite kalima tayyaba death where death imRecommend

  • RAEESA SHOAIB
    Jan 19, 2011 - 8:31AM

    YA ALLAH!! Forgive us of our sins!! !Allah protect us please////Recommend

  • satyram
    Jan 19, 2011 - 8:59AM

    I thought this is becoz of wikileaks getting swiss bankholders details ??!! :)Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Jan 19, 2011 - 9:13AM

    Oh Allah pardon us…. indeed our deeds have become such that your anger would get us any time… Oh Almighty pls. forgive us!Recommend

  • Omer Hamza
    Jan 19, 2011 - 9:17AM

    How many Signs of ALLAH’s displeasure would it take for Pakistanis to Repent and Mend their ways???!!!!Recommend

  • ravi
    Jan 19, 2011 - 9:18AM

    i hope and pray for every body to be fine…(BHAGVAN SABKI RAKSHA KARE)Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jan 19, 2011 - 9:23AM

    I din’t even feel it in Karachi :PRecommend

  • fedup
    Jan 19, 2011 - 9:30AM

    it was a wake up call by Allah..hopefully all my countrymen are safe. Recommend

  • Farhan
    Jan 19, 2011 - 9:40AM

    @Ronit.

    Dont worry … this is just a start :P:P:PRecommend

  • J.Oberoi
    Jan 19, 2011 - 9:44AM

    Prayers will prevent earthquakes?! Lol !! Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 9:46AM

    Got a message at night that there has been an earthquake at around 1:27 AM but I and my family were fast asleep. So I cannot say anything except that we Pakistanis should mend our ways before another quake sweeps our country away. Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 10:15AM

    Nature play with us as we play with it. We kill people. We get involve in destructions. This is what will happen in return. Instead of asking for forgiveness we are getting involved in statements like

    Whom should we blame for this earthquake?RAW, CIA, India or America ? &
    Time to change Blasphemy LAW. God is telling something. Listen to him, not Mullah. Mullah will tell you, it is a test. But no, it is punishment. and
    First time i felt an earthquake in my life…that too exported by PakistanRecommend

  • ehabs
    Jan 19, 2011 - 10:16AM

    It’s funny how people are praying by looking up at the sky.

    I wonder if they know that earthquakes are caused by the shifting of tectonic plates, and not by the movement of a finger of some all-powerful deity. Ignorance seems rampant and instead of praying for forgiveness, Pakistan should immediately institute a method to rapidly deal with future disasters (this, fortunately, wasn’t one).

    My best wishes to you all. Keep safe.Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 10:21AM

    I felt jolt while I just got drowsy… We must pray Allah for blessings and do lots of astaghfaar.

    The news of Earthquake jolts has been now much frequent, we still remember the Earthquake of October 2008, in Northern areas of Pakistan.

    Again I request my friends to do lots of astaghfaar and pray Allah to forgive our sins and collectively we must repent our deeds and be a good human and muslim.

    Allah bless us, Allah bless Pakistan.Recommend

  • M J Akbar
    Jan 19, 2011 - 10:22AM

    My supervisor scolded me in the office for a very small mistake.I was tired at night and went to sleep in stead of cricket match.so,cudn’t felt quake.Recommend

  • Tahmeena
    Jan 19, 2011 - 10:26AM

    It is a good time fearing Almighty Allah to punish the blasphemers of His Prophet (peace be upon him), for sure.Recommend

  • Abhi
    Jan 19, 2011 - 10:43AM

    Taliban,Economy Down,Suicide bombers,Earth Quake,Floods…..Allah is not serious about pakistan…Recommend

  • Abdulla
    Jan 19, 2011 - 10:50AM

    Toooo much pesimestic

    You people are disgusting, you find religion/islam even in earthquake, guys growup earthquake will never ask your religion before it occurs! Allah please give them the sense of what these begot are! these people (PAK) will make you responsible for eveything happenings in pakistan tommorow if they found nobody except you!

    please my allah save yourself from these impure landRecommend

  • @@
    Jan 19, 2011 - 10:53AM

    And i was sleeping …never got to know a single jolt :(Recommend

  • FF
    Jan 19, 2011 - 11:22AM

    While you are praying, please be sure to pray that your contractors don’t use second rate material instead of salvation since they amount to the same thing. New Zealand was hit by a much worse quake in the center of one of their biggest cities and not one person died.

    Why? Because building standards there are so well monitored that no one died in a collapsed house. It is all a question of building standards. Its alright if we didn’t get this generation right. The next one though, can’t risk playing with fire.Recommend

  • Random
    Jan 19, 2011 - 11:33AM

    Holy @#%$ I felt it in London !!Recommend

  • Amer
    Jan 19, 2011 - 11:34AM

    We read the crazy crimes of gang rape, child rape, child abuse, murder, target killings and every other crime on the planet happening in Pakistan. Then we ask why earth quakes come?Recommend

  • ehabs
    Jan 19, 2011 - 11:37AM

    It’s funny how people are praying by looking up at the sky.
    I wonder if they know that earthquakes are caused by the shifting of tectonic plates, and not by the movement of a finger of some all-powerful deity. Ignorance seems rampant and instead of praying for forgiveness, Pakistan should immediately institute a method to rapidly deal with future disasters (this, fortunately, wasn’t one).
    My best wishes to you all. Keep safe.Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 11:38AM

    As a muslim I strongly beleive that earthquakes are directly connected to act of human beings on ground. We all should be diverted towards Allah SWT for mercy and forgiveness.Recommend

  • fahad
    Jan 19, 2011 - 11:38AM

    Take help from namaz and Sabar….. May ALLAH save us from all these destrucion.. Our dear homkeland is already severly affected by this Destructive flood… May ALLAH save us all… Please recite Quraan and offer prayers…. fRecommend

  • J.Oberoi
    Jan 19, 2011 - 12:58PM

    Another example of Pakistan exporting terror !! The quake which was centered in Pakistan was felt in New Delhi !! Can’t you people keep what is yours within your border ?? Why are you so keen on exporting it to India?Recommend

  • ehabs
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:05PM

    @Aamir and Fahad:

    I understand where you guys are coming from. Praying is fine but honestly, target killings and all those things happen everywhere. Pakistan has a huge tectonic plate running through it and so we’re more prone to earthquakes than, say, England. Plus, in the October 2005 Quake thousands upon thousands of innocent school children were crushed to death. Were these inncocent school children killed by Allah for the sins of their much older compatriots who indulged in rape and abuse?

    This is a wake-up call for the disaster-management authorities in the Armed Forces and the Civilian Government. Pakistan ungently needs to have a method in place to deal with future disasters, because they will come regardless of the crime rate.

    Again, my best wishes to you all. Keep safe.Recommend

  • QAMAR
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:09PM

    This is a warning from ALLAH that at 6.6 balakot and frontier region was totally destroyed and it seems as it was nothing on that ground…. Yesterday it was 7.2 and we are safe….

    Jau bhi hau ALLAH ka shukar ada karu…. agar woh 2006 mein tabahai laa sakta hain tau hum kau bacha bhi sakta hain,,,,

    Be a strong believer and only believe is that everything will finish only thing is or will left is the name of ALLAHRecommend

  • Yousuf
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:18PM

    I was sound asleep then. At around 2:30 am, my aunt from Toronto called me up and told me about it =D.Recommend

  • khurram
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:23PM

    Allah Sb pe apna karam karyRecommend

  • Waqqas Iftikhar
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:33PM

    @JOberoi @Ronit etc., dunno if you are being sarcastic…but its not coming thru that way, it just seems like you are taking pleasure in our possible pain…which is unfortunate to say the least

    earthquakes are caused by movements in tectonic plates…karachi lies on a major faultline….wouldnt be surprised if geological changes cause an earthquake here……Recommend

  • pl/sql
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:41PM

    @J.Oberoi

    That’s a cheap joke in a time like this. And yes I am an Indian. Have a heart for your fellow humans.Recommend

  • Maheen Salman
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:46PM

    It was a great shaking in Karachi for about a min. Many people thought it might strike again after an hour but due to our Allah’s grace it didn’t really happen. After this news I was shivering as Karachi is near coast but still heart warming comforts from my parents helped me to overcome.Recommend

  • Anwar
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:51PM

    @J Oberoi

    Stop being obsessed with Pakistan and go fix your own country. 79% of your population lives below $2 a day, don’t worry about PAKISTAN worry about INDIA son.Recommend

  • umair baloch
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:09PM

    Nobody in Islamabad has felt the earthquake then how come it can be felt in DelhiRecommend

  • ehabs
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:24PM

    @Aamir and Fahad:
    I understand where you guys are coming from. Praying is fine but honestly, target killings and all those things happen everywhere. Pakistan has a huge tectonic plate running through it and so we’re more prone to earthquakes than, say, England. Plus, in the October 2005 Quake thousands upon thousands of innocent school children were crushed to death. Were these inncocent school children killed by Allah for the sins of their much older compatriots who indulged in rape and abuse?
    This is a wake-up call for the disaster-management authorities in the Armed Forces and the Civilian Government. Pakistan ungently needs to have a method in place to deal with future disasters, because they will come regardless of the crime rate.

    Again, my best wishes to you all. Keep safe.Recommend

  • Yousuf
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:30PM

    @J Oberoi
    LOL man! That was pure win!Recommend

  • Asif Akber
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:33PM

    I also fel it i was on my bed and it was look like that some one shaking it its very horifying may ALLAH keep us his protection just keep receiting Astagfar.Recommend

  • sanjay Kumar
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:53PM

    too shocking n frightening situation ever i felt in my life. my whole flat was spinning Recommend

  • Amer
    Jan 19, 2011 - 2:58PM

    @J Oberoi: What a Pathetic excuse for a joke! Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 3:07PM

    God Save everyone!!Recommend

  • syed khundmir
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:02PM

    Author: Amer,
    your comment is a fact,that…. “We read the crazy crimes of gang rape, child rape, child abuse, murder, target killings and every other crime on the planet happening in Pakistan. Then we ask why earth quakes come?”
    But other side of the picture, Where are those ULAMA who received huge amount of money for preach & warn the Muslim. You know why? because they are so called “Ulma- Su.)
    And i have a message for a mirror Cautious who comment on me.
    @syed khundmir. ” So the American’s are evil and God is punishing Pakistan – that’s pretty pathetic thinking. I suggest you get a dictionary and look up the word xenophobia – then look into”
    I said U.S mens….As long as White House & Jewish lobby get together,They act evil .And this practice going on years & years. I don’t mean the American’s are evil.And i don’t have to see
    a dictionary, my dictionary is The Holy Quran.
    Thanks for nothing.Recommend

  • rehan
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:16PM

    one more warning for ppl and leaders of pakistan…..

    still time to mend and bend ourselves….Recommend

  • afshan
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:30PM

    I felt it in karachi first noticed and heard windows shaking and then I was moving as if I’m dizzy . It was xtremely scaryRecommend

  • syed khundmir
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:31PM

    Author: FF
    Comment:
    While i pray , i pray according to Quran. And you are not going to understand Quran,because ,you don’t want to understand at all.
    Building standards not a question, When time is up, for a individual or as a group they have to go (die).Look around on free-ways, small street, in cold weather, in a Battle field,in hospital “death”.Recommend

  • Dr. Fayyaz (fhasghar)
    Jan 19, 2011 - 4:44PM

    i felt it in Islamabad at around 2.00 am Recommend

  • salman qureshi
    Jan 19, 2011 - 5:09PM

    may Allah save us peoples.& Allah save us country.Recommend

  • Shamsi Ajani
    Jan 19, 2011 - 5:21PM

    It was a “Normal fault” at the top of the the bent slab but it might be the area near the locking line before the slab dives.Presumably at the northern end of the Quetta earthquake 1945 rupture.

    The reason there were no casualties is there was hardly any population around the epicenter plus the earthquake was deep. If this type of earthquake would have happened in a populated area and at the late night hours,the causalities would have been large. Karachi should undertake a detail mitigation strategy for a potential earthquakeRecommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jan 19, 2011 - 6:21PM

    It’s high time Geology should be taught as a basic subject in Pakistani schools. Majority of our people relate earthquakes to Wrath of Allah alone, instead of looking at it as an ever happening natural phenomenon too.Recommend

  • kaif
    Jan 19, 2011 - 6:51PM

    Allah (S.W.T.A) Save us………………….Recommend

  • Karim Bux Bhayo
    Jan 19, 2011 - 7:30PM

    This moght be a caution by Almighty Allah to be the good n ask for help from Him which we have left for much time. An earthquake with thi high magnitude of 7.4 very disastrous as we saw in 2007 in northeren areas of Pakistan but it is seen now that there is not any big damage, so it is mercy of ou Almighty Allah and we should pray a thanking nafl n also for pardon of our sins.Recommend

  • Saddam Razzaq
    Jan 19, 2011 - 8:45PM

    We felt it too in DHA.All of us and our building mates ran out of the buiding.All of us returned home @ 4:00am =(Recommend

  • Akhtar Daud
    Jan 19, 2011 - 8:53PM

    7.3 magnitude earth quake and no one is killed,Isnt it a miracle?GOD ALMIGHTY is shaking us to wake up,And read His message in Quran and follow its teachings (which we have forgotten). It is nothing but a 7.3 magnitude warning from GODRecommend

  • hamza khan
    Jan 19, 2011 - 9:49PM

    its hopeless….the way this country has deformed into a state that doesnt take care of its people and injustice is rampant, it is only natural that such natural disasters will keep taking place. yes, its a scientific and natural event that occurs on its own. but if you believe in a God, then certainly He has the ability to remind all of us that He’s still up there watching. Recommend

  • abrar hussain
    Jan 19, 2011 - 10:02PM

    If ever such quake occurred across all Pakistan paving way for reconstruction in every sphere of life!Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 10:38PM

    light tremors were felt for few seconds, allah saved us, no human loss or property loss recieved
    some crackes were also observed on high story buildings in karachi,tremors frightened peoples., it did not create any tsunami evenpeoples must remain peaceful during every type of emergency and pray to god in every situation
    karachi/pakistanRecommend

  • diya
    Jan 19, 2011 - 10:40PM

    is there any more threat to our city?Recommend

  • MuslimBoy
    Jan 20, 2011 - 4:59AM

    What a god obcessed nation
    after an earth quake we pray for forgiveness and after murder we thank himRecommend

  • asif khan
    Jan 20, 2011 - 5:12AM

    Prayers are good. But Pakistani govrnment would have done nothingthing in case of clamity. Pakistan is corrupt. It has no time to build its infra struture. We have Doctors hardly nurses in medical field. This is due to social strucure of our society. Recommend

  • Jan 20, 2011 - 9:26AM

    I was safe asleep. And so was my family. Recommend

  • Yousuf
    Jan 20, 2011 - 11:24AM

    My mom and lil sis sleep on the same bed. During the quake, my mom, who was half asleep then, scolded my sister to stop shaking the bed and go to sleep. My sis mumbled something in her sleep, by then the quake stopped and my mom went back to sleep without realizing that it was an earthquake. =DRecommend

  • Jan 20, 2011 - 1:06PM

    WE are responsible for our bad deed.Recommend

  • A
    Jan 20, 2011 - 4:43PM

    Earth Quake depends on the magnitude as well as the distance from the earth crust.
    Damage from an earthquake depends upon the extent and type of development in an affected area as well. It also depends upon the human assessment of the severity of the damage. Again there is only an imperfect correlation between Richter magnitude and energy release. Recommend

  • Sohail
    Jan 20, 2011 - 11:59PM

    It has to be a conspiracy against Islam, or at the very least against Pakistani “nuclear assets” … it must the the work of the unholy American-Indian-Israeli axis… (hell, let’s throw the Russians into the mix also, just for good measure) … “They” must have exploded “earthquake bombs” under the Pak sar zameen’s surface by digging a tunnel from somewhere … you just can not trust these Yahood-o-Hanood and the makaar Banyas. Let us hold on to our miswaak and watvani (forget the lota, for there is no more water left) and cleanse ourselves so that we can pray harder and harder to reinforce namoos-e-risalat, namoos-e-islam, namoos-e-quran, so Allah may protect us from these evil forces. Aamin, soum-aaminRecommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Jan 21, 2011 - 2:08PM

    @Sohail
    Agreed 100%!! :DRecommend

  • Random
    Jan 21, 2011 - 4:21PM

    @ Sohail. Best comment yet. Hilarious Recommend

  • Shahzeen
    Jan 22, 2011 - 11:22AM

    V all should b thankful to ALLAH that he saved us!!! V should take it as a WARNING!Recommend

  • umair
    Jan 22, 2011 - 12:29PM

    @Sami:
    yeah ! everything is ok.Recommend

  • J Oberoi
    Jan 22, 2011 - 12:48PM

    Any country that maintains good relations with its neighbors and does only good deeds to them never suffers badly from quakes. Since Pakistan has been reasonably kind to its neighbors in the past 1 year, the earthquake did not cause much damage. There is your answer boys and girls !!Recommend

  • J Oberoi
    Jan 22, 2011 - 12:51PM

    @Sohail I thought the ‘Earthquake Bomb’ was a top-secret weapon. How did you know about it? RAW/MOSSAD/CIA will be very disappointed that this news leaked. Please keep it to yourself.Recommend

  • Yousuf
    Jan 22, 2011 - 1:15PM

    You basically what you’re saying that this earth quake is like a giant christmas present from “GOD” to Pakistan for being such a nice country.Recommend

  • Yousuf
    Jan 22, 2011 - 1:16PM

    So basically, what you’re saying is that*Recommend

  • Syed khundmir
    Jan 23, 2011 - 2:49AM

    Prayer is not going to count in case of earthquake & other disasters.In Quran, when Pharaoh was about to be drowned , he said i confess & believe that there is no one worthy or worship but He in Whom the children of Israel have believed in.& i am of those who submit to him.
    Allah said,What !.now , whereas you had always disobeyed before, and you had been of the miscreants!
    Those who surveyed in earthquake ,they should thank,s to Allah,but prayer is no worth to ask not to happen again.Recommend

  • bilalakhter
    Jan 23, 2011 - 4:42PM

    o my lord bless pakistan……..Recommend

  • mehwish
    Mar 19, 2011 - 7:20PM

    oh allah plz forgive us and make us strong
    (ameen)
    frm (chemist mehwish)Recommend

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