Powerful Earthquake Strikes Iran, At Least 40 Dead

UPDATE, 8:30 a.m.: Iran is reporting at least 40 have died in the earthquake. Magnitude 7.8 quake hits near the border with Pakistan.

Via Sky News:

A large earthquake has struck Iran, with reports of tremors felt in India and across the Middle East.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.8 - strong enough to cause major damage to buildings.

It is believed to have happened close to the border with Pakistan, an area prone to tectonic activity.

Strong tremors were felt across the Middle East and in the Indian capital New Delhi, where witnesses said tall buildings shook, sending people running into the streets.

3. The location of the earthquake.

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The earthquake struck at 1044GMT, according to USGS. The epicentre was 15km from the surface, with tremors felt in India, Doha and Afghanistan.

Iran quake epicentre reported 86km east of Khash & 192km south-east of Zahedan. It's the Sistan-Baluchistan province, one of Iran's poorest

— Jerome Taylor (@JeromeTaylor)

The two largest cities near the #earthquake epicenter, Saravan and Khash have a combined population of 400.000. #Iran

— Thomas Erdbrink (@ThomasErdbrink)

26,000 died in Bam RT @julianborger Iran earthquake bigger in magnitude than Bam in 2003, but in more remote area

— Claire Phipps (@Claire_Phipps)

This graphic, via USGS, shows the population numbers likely to have felt the earthquake. The inner orange circle - the area around Khash - represents 70,000 people, who would have felt very strong tremors.

This part of the middle-east is notorious for seismic activity. At least 37 people were killed and 850 wounded in a 6.3 magnitude quake in south-west Iran on 10 April.

11. Update, April 16th, 8:30 a.m.: Iran’s state media is reporting at least 40 killed by the earthquake.

At least 40 killed by earthquake near Iran-Pakistan border. Magnitude measured at 7.5 by Iran agency. http://t.co/y6TsiXCoCt

— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ)

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