Pakistan Earthquake Appeal

    Officials in Balochistan say they expect the toll to rise.

    The tremor struck 70km (45 miles) northeast of the provincial capital, Quetta at 0409 (2309GMT Tuesday) at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles), the US Geological Survey said. Many houses collapsed during the quake and some were destroyed in landslides that followed it, officials said.

    Most of the casualties were from two villages on the outskirts of Ziarat town. Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Khan Raisani ordered declaration of emergency in the hospitals of the affected areas. These areas, situated on steep terrain, were badly damaged by landslides caused by the quake. Officials and hospital staff said scores of people had been injured, most when mud walls collapsed or in the panic when people rushed from their homes.

    The tremors were felt in Quetta, Ziarat, Pishin, Qila Abdullah, Mastung, Sibi, Bolan, Kuchlak and Loralai areas. The epicentre was near the scenic valley of Ziarat, one of the main tourist spots in Baluchistan province.

    Officials in the hilly Ziarat district, said many houses had collapsed and some had been destroyed in landslides trigged by the quake.