Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Earthquake Shakes many countries around Globe: Hundreds feared dead in Iran - 5 in Pakistan

Strong earthquake shocks have been felt from Iran - Pakistan - India and even Papua and New Guinea at 10.44 UTC.

The earthquake struck in the province of Sistan Baluchistan at about 15:14 local time (10:44 GMT), close to the cities of Khash, which has a population of nearly 180,000, and Saravan, where 250,000 live.

The tremor measured 7.8 on Richter scale that struck Iran, near the border with Pakistan, at 10:44 GMT on Tuesday at a depth of 73 miles The U.S. Geological survey said. The epicentre of the quake was near the south-east city of Khash, close to the Pakistani border.

The quake in southwest Iran brought down homes across the border in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least five people, reportedly three women and two children, and wounding others in a remote community, a hospital official said.

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.

Read more about it at: Emirates 24/7 | BBC
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