QUETTA, Pakistan — Rescuers struggled Wednesday to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a major earthquake in southwestern Pakistan, while the death toll from the massive temblor there rose to 285.
The earth moved with enough force to create a small island visible off the southern coast after the huge tremor, said Pakistani officials.
The magnitude-7.7 quake struck in the remote district of Awaran in Pakistan's Baluchistan province Tuesday afternoon. Such a quake is considered major, capable of widespread and heavy damage.
At least 373 people were also injured in the quake, according to a statement from the National Disaster Management Authority, which also gave the latest death toll.
The quake flattened wide swathes of Awaran. Most of the victims were killed when their houses collapsed.
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