Submitted by ub on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 08:46

Hundreds are reportedly feared dead after hundreds of mud houses collapsed on their inhabitants throughout the remote and thinly populated area of Pakistan.

The army has airlifted hundreds of soldiers to help with the aftermath of the worst earthquake in the South Asian country since 2005 when about 75,000 people were killed in the northern section of that nation.

The earthquake registered 7.7 on the Richter scale, in the province of Baluchistan, an earthquake-prone province of deserts and rugged mountains, and was felt throughout South Asia.

The powerful quake forced the development of a new island. It destroyed houses and eliminated all communications at the worst affected district of Awaran. It was so powerful that it caused a small island to emerge from the sea just off the Pakistani coastline in the Arabian Sea.

Content: Reuters