JNN 17 Apr 2013 TEHRAN – A very strong earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale on Tuesday hit the Iranian city of Saravan in the southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province which borders Pakistan, the Iranian Seismological Center reported.
The quake happened at 15:14 local time at a depth of 95 kilometers.
The magnitude of the quake was reported to be 7.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey. It said the depth of the earthquake was 82 kilometers.
According to the latest reports, no one was killed as a result of the quake in the sparsely populated area. The quake, which was the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years, did not cause serious damage.
According to ISNA, at least 27 people were injured.
The intensity of the quake was such that it was felt in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and a number of Persian Gulf Arab countries.
According to the Pakistani news network Dunya TV, the Panjgur and Mashkeel areas of Balochistan Province, which borders Iran, were the worst-hit areas, where most of the casualties happened.
The network said 34 people had been killed and 80 others injured in Pakistan.
According to the reports, over 1,000 houses were partially damaged in Balochistan Province.
Tuesday’s earthquake was the second strong quake to struck Iran this week.
A 6.1 magnitude quake hit some 90 kilometers away from Iran’s sole nuclear power plant, located in the southwestern port city of Bushehr, on April 9. It killed 37 people and injured 950 others but left the nuclear facility undamaged.
Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines, and is prone to earthquakes.
In one of the deadliest quakes, about 26,000 people were killed by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake that flattened the southeastern city of Bam in December 2003.