Iran Earthquake 2013: 7.8 Magnitude Quake Strucks Iran

By on Apr 16, 2013 in Middle East, Natural Disasters, Science, World Comments
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A 7.8 magnitude earthquake left at least 40 people dead and over 800 wounded in Iran on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. It was the second major quake to hit Iran in less than a week.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the major quake struck the southeastern part of Iran. The shakeup was reportedly felt across Pakistan, India and the Middle East.

USGS reported the quake’s epicentre at 86km (53 miles) from the city of Khash, near the Pakistan border.

According to a BBC report, the latest earthquake is the largest in Iran for the past 40 years.

Iranian Red Crescent Society deployed five assessment teams to hard stricken areas to coordinate rescue operations.

The widespread quake hit some heavily populated cities that include Khash and Saravan. Other area affected by the major earthquake were Karachi and Quetta.

In less than an hour, there were at least three strong aftershocks, according to the USGS.

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