Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes near Iran-Pakistan border

A powerful quake has shaken Iran near the border with Pakistan just a week after another tremor hit the country. The earthquake was strong enough to be felt all across the Gulf region and as far as India’s capital, New Delhi, Russia Today reports.

The epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude quake is located some 90km southeast of the city of Khash, according to the US Geological survey. The quake struck deep underground, more than 15km from the surface.

No immediate damage report is available. However, Khash is a populous city, which had over 56,000 residents as of 2006. The city is capital of Khash County in the Sistan and Baluchestan Province, one of Iran’s poorest.

People reported feeling a slight tremor in Afghanistan’s Kandahar and Pakistan’s Karachi, both cities located hundreds of kilometers from the epicenter.

In the Indian capital the quake caused tall buildings to shake, prompting some people to rush to the streets, according to Reuters.


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