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Iran Earthquake, April 16, 2013

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Iran Earthquake, April 16, 2013, A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck parts of Pakistan and neighbouring countries on Tuesday killing 34 people, said officials.

A major 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Iran near the border with Pakistan and tremors were felt in India and Gulf states.

“At least 34 people have been killed and 80 others wounded in Mashkail,” a local government official told AFP.

“The bodies are at the hospital and injured are being treated by army doctors. Paramilitary forces are busy in rescue work.”

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 10:44 GMT at a depth of 15.2 km. The epicentre was in southeast Iran in an area of mountains and desert.

It was located 201 km southeast of the Iranian city of Zahedan and 250 km northwest of Turbat in Pakistan, USGS said.

Several people were injured in the Panjgur and Mashkeel areas of Balochistan, while around 50 people sustained injuries in Karachi in incidents of roof collapse.

Over 1,000 houses were partially damaged in Balochistan.

An Iranian government official said he expected hundreds of deaths from the earthquake.

“It was the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years and we are expecting hundreds of dead,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Iranian city of Saravan, which lies near the centre of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which hit the country on Tuesday, has not seen serious damage, the Fars news agency said.

Tremors were felt in Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Larkana, Jacobabad, Quetta and other cities which created panic amongst people. However, no casualties were reported PPI reported.

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