The powerful earthquake struck at a depth of 20km (13 miles) north-east of Awaran, the US Geological Survey said. Hundreds of people are displaced and spent last night outdoors. The humanitarian crisis will rapidly escalate.
Those people who were able gathered near the coast to view a brand new island pushed up by the quake. Experts report this phenomenon is not unique and such islands tend to disappear with time.
Balochistan in not a densely populated area which prevented a higher death toll and limited the injured but both are still high. Shockwaves where felt over a wide area including parts of India. Six areas of Pakistan where affected. They are Awaran, Kech, Gwadar, Panjgur, Chaghi and Khuzdar. A staggering 300,000 people are affected with houses flattened. As most of the houses were built of mud and brick they could not withstand theforce of this powerful quake.
Army personnel in the area were first responders. Their ranks have been swelled by additonal forces.
As for the small island created by the quake BBC News Jonathon Amos writes:
"In this instance, we appear to have a case of "liquefaction", where large volumes of previously stable sands and muds have been shaken by the quake and oozed up through the rock. The mounds produced like the one seen at Gwadar do not usually stick around long, being eroded rapidly. More permanent is the wholesale uplift of sea-floor along coasts that have experienced major tremors such as the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
On that occasion, the foreshore that had been pulled downwards in the long build-up to the quake suddenly thrust back up, lifting corals clear of the water."
Updates will follow.