Dozens killed in Iranian quake
Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 00:04
The most powerful earthquake to hit Iran for at least 40 years left 35 dead, 150 injured and hundreds homeless all along the Iran-Pakistan border this past Tuesday, according to the National Disaster Management Authority. With a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 9 miles as recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake struck southeast Iran near Saravan and lasted for an estimated 40 seconds.
Despite conflicting accounts and reports on the Iranian side, which experienced no causalities from the incident, the quake was felt throughout Pakistan, from the capital to the Arabian Sea, and even caused skyscrapers to sway in Dubai. The worst damage was found in Pakistani villages in Baluchistan, the country’s least populated province, where the earthquake hit the hardest, causing the collapse of scores of houses and mud huts, according to Pakistani officials.
Since that time, the Pakistani army ordered troops to help its citizens affected by the disaster Wednesday by assisting with rescue operations and providing medical treatment, while Iranian officials issued assurances that its main nuclear reactor was not damaged. It was the second time in less than one week that similar announcements were made on the Iranian front, as the nation was previously hit with a 6.1 temblor on April 9 near the Persian Gulf coast, killing at least 37.