The most powerful earthquake in the last 20 years hits Iran’s SE Border Province (Updated)

Magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes Iran’s Southeast Border Province the Iranian Seismological Center reported. . The tremors lasted for over 20 seconds. An earthquake with such power was unprecedented in last 40 years in Iran.

Assessment and evaluation teams as well as Rescue teams from the Iranian Red Crescent Society, Basij and Police have been dispatched to the quake-stricken area, which is a sparsely populated rural area between the provincial cities of Saravan and Khash.

Initial assessments suggest 10%-15% damages to rural homes but modern building as well as historical places in Saravan were unaffected.

Mirmoradzehi, Representative of Saravan Province in Iran’s Majlis says local media has reported at least 40 killed in the county. Although Alireza Barahoi, manager of Sistan and Baluchistan province’s public relation’s office in an interview with the Iranian Nasim News Agency denied such reports saying “only 8 persons injured so far.”

The earthquake was felt from as far as some parts of Pakistan, India, UAE and Saudi Arabia. 

 

In UAE residential and commercial buildings and hospitals in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi have been evacuated.

At least 10 people were killed and more than 100 people were injured in Pakistan. local media reported almost 1000 residential and commercial building destroyed in result of today’s earthquake. a correspondent of Nasim, Iranian News Agency in Karachi, reported possible damages to the a atomic powerhouse of Chaghi district. 

Saravan County located in Sistan and Baluchistan province in Iran, near to the border with Pakistan. At the 2006 census, the county’s population was 239,950.

Almost one week ago, A 6.3 magnitude earthquake in southwest Iran’s Bushehr province killed 30 people and injured 800. 

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