A major 7.8 Earthquake in Pakistan Tuesday, killing 46 and creating new island that rose near the country’s coastline as searchers comb the rubble for more survivors. Hospitals were put on high alert as hundreds are feared injured in country’s southern region.
Latest update : Earthquake in Pakistan , death toll reaches up to 150, injured persons 200 in Quetta/ balochistan
Tremors were felt as far away as the Indian capital of New Delhi, hundreds of miles (kilometers) to the east, where buildings shook, as well as the sprawling port city of Karachi in Pakistan.
The United States Geological Survey said the 7.8 magnitude quake struck 145 miles southeast of Dalbandin in Pakistan’s quake-prone province of Baluchistan, which borders Iran.
The earthquake was so powerful that it caused the seabed to rise and create a small, mountain-like island about 600 meters (yards) off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea.
A rescue operation had begun in the desert and mountain region which has no major industrial installations.
“We are trying to assess the damage,” Baluch Home Secretary Asad Gilani said.
Local television reported that helicopters carrying relief supplies had been dispatched to the affected area. The army said it had deployed 200 troops to help deal with the disaster.