Several killed as earthquake hits southern Pakistan - DW News.

Officials in Pakistan said at least 20 people have been killed and hundreds more injured after an earthquake struck the southern province of Balochistan on Thursday.

According to the US Geological Survey the quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and was centered around 20 kilometers (12 miles) below the earth's surface.

Disaster management officials in Balochistan said the earthquake struck in the early hours of Thursday morning while people slept.

Officials believe a number of people may be trapped under rubble, after houses collapsed when the quake struck.

Personnel from military and civilian agencies have been called upon as part of the emergency response effort and have headed to Harnai, which is one of the worst hit districts, near the provincial capital Quetta.

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