An Earthquake of Magnitude ranging from 7.8 to 8 struck India, Pakistan, Iran and Gulf countries like Sistan and Baluchestan at 15:44 Local time. According to sources, close to 100 people lost their lives in Iran, but Iran has confirmed the death of 40 only. It is considered as the biggest earthquake in Iran during last 40 years.
In India, the tremors were felt in Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, however there were no immediate reports of any casualties.
In UAE, Dubai Commercial Center shut down over quake, all towers evacuated including world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa.
In Pakistan, around 1,000 buildings collapsed in Mushkil, Pakistan near border with Iran as result of quake.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 10:44 GMT at a depth of 15.2 km (9.4 miles). The epicenter was in southeast Iran in an area of mountains and desert.
It was located 201 km (125 miles) southeast of the Iranian city of Zahedan and 250 km northwest of Turbat in Pakistan, USGS said.
Tall buildings shook in India’s capital New Delhi, sending people running into the streets, witnesses said. People also evacuated shaking buildings in Qatar and Dubai, residents said.
A powerful 6.3 magnitude quake struck close to Iran’s only nuclear power station on April 9, killing 37 people and injuring 850 as it destroyed homes and devastated two villages.
Most of Iran’s nuclear-related facilities are located in central Iran or its west, including the Bushehr nuclear power plant on the Gulf coast. A U.S. Institute for Science and International Security map did not show any nuclear-linked facilities in southeastern Iran close to Pakistan.