A major earthquake (magnitude 7.4) has struck southwestern Pakistan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake struck 34 miles west of Dalbandin (a desert area bordering Iran and Afghanistan) at 1:23 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

USGS noted that the quake was very shallow at a depth of 6.2 miles. It struck (2023 GMT on Tuesday).
Meanwhile, the Pacific Tsunami Center said the Pakistani quake had not triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

The nearest large cities are Quetta in Pakistan and Zahedan in Iran.

An earthquake in Kashmir killed 73,000 people in October 2005.

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Balochistan in southwest Pakistan in October 2008 killed at least 215 people.