Strong quake hits Iran-Pakistan border

at least 34 dead and 80 injured due to earthquake

April 16, 2013

"Quake was large event for any area"

—Carrieann Bedwell

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake has struck the Iran-Pakistani border area, a week after another major quake struck the country. At least 34 people have died and 80 are injured in Pakistan after a powerful earthquake struck near the country's border with Iran, sources tell CNN.

The quake, about 9 miles deep, was centered about 53 miles east-southeast of Khash, Iran, 146 miles south-southwest of Rudbar, Afghanistan, and 373 miles northeast of Muscat, Oman according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“The earthquake was probably a result of normal faulting within the Arabian plate as it is subducted under the Eurasian plate along the Makran coast of Iran and Pakistan,” said Brian Baptie of the British Geological Survey.

Geo News reported tremors being felt across Pakistan, India, Dubai and other areas of the region.

Carrieann Bedwell, a USGS seismologist, said a 7.8 magnitude quake was “a large event for any area” and could be expected to cause damage in inhabited places.

Aftershocks can be expected for days or weeks after a quake of that magnitude.

No effects have been reported on any nuclear plants in the region.

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