A powerful earthquake killed dozens of people in Balochistan and created a new island off Pakistan's south coast Tuesday, officials said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale. The agency said the earthquake was likely to cause large casualties since it was strong enough to damage most or all buildings near the epicenter.
Jan Muhammad Buledi, a spokesman for the provincial government, said at least 55 deaths had been confirmed, the newspaper Dawn reported. The quake was centered in the sparsely populated Awaran region.
A spokesman for the national disaster management agency said most of the deaths occurred when buildings collapsed.
A medical team traveling to Awaran was attacked by gunmen en route, officials said.