Situation Alert: Earthquake Hits Pakistan-Iran Border

Situation Alert: Earthquake Hits Pakistan-Iran Border

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Background:

On April 16, 2013, at least six people in Pakistan and 40 people in Iran were killed when a major earthquake, with a 7.8 magnitude, struck a region near the Iran-Pakistan border. Tremors were also felt in India and Gulf states. The US 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. This is the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years. On April 9, a 6.1 magnitude quake was recorded about 96 kilometers southeast of Bushehr, the site of Iran’s nuclear power station, killing 37 people and injuring 850.

Around fifty injuries are reported in Karachi in incidents of roof collapses, and according to Pakistan TV up to 1,000 houses were damaged in Balochistan. According to reports, the earthquake shook areas from Quetta to Pakistan-Iran Border Taftan to Pakistan-Afghan border Chaman. The Makran belt near the Arabian Sea, several parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, including Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, also felt the jolts.

Aftershocks may be felt for days or weeks following a high magnitude earthquake.

CWS-P/A Response:

Currently CWS-P/A is closely monitoring the situation.

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