(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iranian state TV says at least 40 people have been killed by a major earthquake near the Iran-Pakistan border.
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit southeastern Iran on Tuesday, the country’s Seismological Center reported on its website.
The epicenter of the quake, which struck at a depth of 18 kilometers, was located about 81 kilometers north of Saravan in the southeastern province of Sistan Baluchistan, it said.
The quake was felt as far away as New Delhi and Gulf countries, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain.
Across the Gulf, high-rise buildings swayed and officials ordered evacuations. Dubai has the world’s tallest tower, the 828-meter Burj Khalifa. Last week, a deadly 6.1 magnitude quake about 96 kilometers southeast of Bushehr, the site of Iran’s reactor.
Unconfirmed reports that hundreds of buildings have collapsed in Pakistan; state radio says at least 5 dead there.According to the seismography center affiliated to Tehran University Geophysics Institute, the 7.5 quake occurred at 15:14 hours local time ( 1144 hours GMT) with its epicenter being at 81 kilometers from Saravan.
(Source :Iran TV, IRNA,Pakistan State Radio)
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