Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Express Train Derails in Pakistan, Killing Fifty

Pakistan - An express train crowded with holiday travelers derailed in southern Pakistan early Wednesday, killing at least 50 people and injuring many more, officials said.

The passenger express was going from Karachi to Lahore when about 12 of its 16 carriages came off the rails near Mehrabpur, about 250 miles north of Karachi, the officials said.

On Tuesday, December 18th:

ISLAMABAD: A 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted central Pakistan on Tuesday but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, officials said.

The epicentre of the quake was around 300 kilometres (200 miles) southwest of the city of Peshawar, a seismological department official said.

"The quake originated at 10:56am (0556 GMT) from the border area between Punjab and Baluchistan provinces," he said.

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