A Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) officer points to a screen graphic at the BMG office of a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck North Sulawesi province on January 21, 2007 on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
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KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan's chief meteorologist says a major earthquake has struck the country's Baluchistan province.
Mohammed Riaz says the magnitude 7. 7 quake hit on Tuesday near the town of Khuzdar in Baluchistan.
The province in southwest Pakistan is the country's largest but also the least populated. An official told the Associated Press the death toll has jumped to 39.
The province is prone to earthquakes.
A magnitude 7.8, which was centered just across the border in Iran, killed at least 35 people in Pakistan last April.
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