A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 has hit south-western Pakistan, in a desert area bordering Iran and Afghanistan, the US Geological Survey says. The quake struck at 0123 on Wednesday, some 55 km west of Dalbandin in Pakistan, at a depth of 84km, BBC reports. It was located several hundred kilometres from the Pakistani city of Quetta and the city of Zahedan, Iran. Officials in nearby towns indicated that damage was not extensive. The 7.6-magnitude Kashmir earthquake of October 2005 killed 73,000 people.