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Pakistan Earthquake: At Least 15 Killed
A powerful earthquake in Pakistan has killed at least 15 people just days after hundreds were killed by a quake in the same area.
The 6.8-magnitude quake hit the region of Balochistan in the south west of the country on Saturday morning, sending people running into the streets in panic.
On Tuesday a 7.8-magnitude tremor rocked the impoverished Awaran district killing 359 people, razing hundreds of mud-and-brick homes to the ground and leaving tens of thousands homeless.
People still recovering from injuries sustained in the first disaster fled the hospital where they were being treated fearing the building would collapse.
The US Geological Survey measured the earthquake at a magnitude of 6.8, although Pakistan's Meteorological Department said it measured 7.2.
The department said the epicentre was located 90 miles west of the town of Khuzdar, a short distance from the epicentre of the earthquake earlier in the week.
A large number of people were injured, and officials fear the number of dead could increase significantly.
There have been reports that homes still standing after Tuesday's earthquake had collapsed on Saturday.
Balochistan is Pakistan's largest but least populated province. The rough terrain and the lack of good roads have made it difficult for rescuers.
The Pakistani Air Force has been making air drops of supplies and using helicopters to ferry injured people to medical care.
However, the aid efforts have been hampered by militants who want to overthrow central government and establish a hard-line Islamic state. The separatists have fired at the military aircraft helping with the aid and rescue mission.
Around 300,000 people were affected by Tuesday's earthquake which was so strong it is believed to have caused a small island to emerge just off the coastline in the Arabian Sea.