An earthquake measuring 7.7 has killed over 300 people in Pakistan.It struck with devastating effect in a remote area in the south-west of the country.
“We have started to bury our dead,” the deputy commissioner of Awaran district told one media outlet. The tremors were felt across South Asia.
Office workers in Karachi four hundred kilometres from the epicentre rushed to evacuate their buildings when the quake struck just before 16.30 local time.
A huge rescue effort has been mounted in the worst affected province of Balochistan and a state of emergency declared.
One official said, “we have been busy throughout the night with the rescue effort and fear we will recover more bodies from the rubble in daylight.”
The quake destroyed houses and cut communications while it was so powerful it caused a small island to emerge off the coast according to witnesses.