A powerful earthquake that struck South-East Iran had an impact so big that it was felt in several countries in Asia like Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. In fact, buildings in the Indian capital of Delhi were shaken and tremors were felt in the area.
Iran TV has stated that 40 people have been killed in what appears to be the biggest earthquake to hit Iran in 40 years. An Iranian government official told Reuters on anonymous ground that the death toll could rise to more than a few hundreds.
The Iran earthquake measured 7.8 on the Richter scale with the epicenter at Khash, some few kilometers away from the Iranian border with Pakistan, according to the information by United States Geological Survey. The most affected areas of the earthquake are Khash, Saravan where more than 400,000 people live and the southeastern border, principally the city of Zahaden, which is home to nearly 2 million people. The United States Geological Survey said that the depth is 9.7 miles which is known to be of the rare variety, capable of causing insurmountable destruction.
Statistically speaking, Iran has been the hotbed of earthquakes, which have taken a heavy toll of life throughout many years. In 2003, an earthquake close to Bam city resulted in 26,000 people being killed while the 1990 earthquake along the Caspian Sea resulted in 30,000 people dead. On April 9, 2013, there was a 6.1 earthquake in Bushehr Province, close to the main nuclear reaction, which killed around 37 people and injured 850.
“The quake was felt in Sistan-Baluchistan Province in the cities of Zabol, Konarak and Khash,” said Mahmoud Mozaffar, the head of the Relief Office of the Iranian Red Crescent. He added, “The quake was felt in seven villages, including Gasht, Kouh Sefid, Pashtouk and Tizab. Due to the low population density of these regions, we hope that the casualties are not too much.”
Iran Earthquake Pictures