At least 12 killed after quake hits shattered Pakistan region

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At least 12 people were killed after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Pakistan on Saturday, a region that has already been devastated by a quake that left more than 300 dead just days ago.

The new tremor struck 96 kilometers northeast of the district of Awaran at a depth of 14km at 0734 GMT, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, reported Agence France Presse.

"At least 12 people have died and seven were wounded," Abdul Latif Kakar, head of the provincial disaster management agency told AFP.

"It was not an aftershock it was an independent earthquake," Zahid Rafi, director of the National Seismic Center of Pakistan was quoted as saying to Geo TV by the agency.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit on Tuesday afternoon the same region of Awaran in the province of Baluschistan and left around 350 people dead and more than 500 injured.

The quake has affected more than 300,000 people in six districts according to local authorities and has also created a new island off the coast near the port of Gwadar, some 400 kilometers from the epicenter.

The island is about 18 to 21 meters high, up to 91 feet wide and up to 36 meters long, AFP reported.

Scientists have said that the island is not a fixed structure but a body of mud that will be broken down by waves and dispersed over time.

(With AFP).

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