Reporting By Zareef Baloch  

A 6.3 magnitude on the Richter scale struck parts of Balochistan, a province located in the Southwestern region of the country early Wednesday morning, said the US Geological Survey (USGS).

However, reported that the magnitude of the quake was 6.6 quoting the provincial Disaster Management Authority official.

According to USGS, the epicenter of the quake was located 20 kilometers West Southwest Pasni at a depth of 25.9 km.

So far no major casualties or damage has been reported. However, the extent of the damage is being assessed in the remote areas of the region.

Minor damage to the wall of the building in Pasni town can be seen. Photo Credit: Zareef Baloch

The quake hit Makran Coast comprising Pasni, Gwadar and parts of Turbat at 3:04 am.

PakVoices’ reporter Zareef Baloch said that the impact of the jolt was so strong that locals were woken up forcing them to rush out in the open.

He said that people were taking shelter in open sky fearing aftershocks after the quake. The local administration in Pasni told him that Levies Force Jawans and local staff have been mobilized to survey the far-flung areas of the remote region to ascertain any damages.

A wall of a house in Pasni is damaged by the jolt early morning on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Zareef Baloch

Baloch also reported power breakdown in Pasni after power supplying poles have been raised to the ground.

A power pole is down in Pasni town causing disruption in power supply. Photo Credit: Zareef Baloch

He sent us the latest photos capturing the minor damages to the buildings and walls in Pasni.

Pakistan is said to be part of the Himalaya region which has the highest rates of seismic, caused mainly by movement on thrust faults.

About Author: Zareef Baloch is a citizen journalist based in Pasni working with PakVoices.

Written and Edited by Hasan Khan