New major earthquake rocks southwest Pakistan


QUETTA, Pakistan — A major earthquake rocked Pakistan’s southwest Saturday, killing at least 15 and sending panicked people running into the street just days after another quake in the same region killed hundreds, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a 6.8 magnitude quake was felt in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province.

Pakistan’s Meteorological Department measured the earthquake at 7.2 magnitude, saying its epicenter was about 90 miles west of the town of Khuzdar.

Baluchistan government spokesman Jan Mohammad Buledi said those killed Saturday died in the Mushkay area of Awaran. The death toll from Tuesday’s disaster was 359, he added.

Little may have been left to damage after Tuesday’s disaster. Few of the mud and homemade brick houses in the area survived the 7.7 magnitude quake that leveled villages and buried people in the rubble.

Chief Pakistani meteorologist Arif Mahmood told Pakistani television that Saturday’s earthquake was an aftershock and such tremors could continue for weeks.