Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Seismic Alert: 7.8M Earthquake strikes Iran - USGS/World News


http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

M7.8 - 83km E of Khash, Iran 2013-04-16 10:44:20 UTC

Magnitude-7.8 earthquake strikes Iran, USGS says

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Iran on Tuesday, according to the United States Geographical Survey.
Reuters cited witnesses as saying that tall buildings shook as far as way as New Delhi, with the tremors sending people running into the streets. Intense shaking was also felt in southern Pakistan.
The quake struck at 3:44 p.m. local time in southeastern Iran, about 50 miles east of the city of Khash and near the Pakistani border, the USGS reported.
The epicenter was in a thinly populated area, according to maps from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Agency. The nearest city of any size, Khash, has a population of 70,000, the agency said.
Soon after the quake, reports from those who felt the quake came pouring in to the EMSA from as far away as Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
A witness in Karachi, Pakistan, which is almost 400 miles from the epicenter, said, "I felt my laptop and table shake noticeably."
In Fujairah, UAE, slightly farther away, a witness reported "some shaking and trembling" and "everyone on the streets," adding, "Hanging things were swinging."
Tuesday's quake was the second significant one in Iran in a week. An April 9 earthquake near the country's only nuclear power plant killed 37 people and injured at least 850 more, leaving entire villages devastated.

Reuters and NBC News' Mujid Ahmed contributed to this report.
This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

Related:
'Devastating' quake strikes near Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant
Full Iran coverage from NBC News
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http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000g7x7#shakemap


Event Time

  1. 2013-04-16 10:44:20 UTC
  2. 2013-04-16 15:14:20 UTC+04:30 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-16 05:44:20 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

28.107°N 62.053°E depth=82.0km (51.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 83km (52mi) E of Khash, Iran
  2. 168km (104mi) NE of Iranshahr, Iran
  3. 192km (119mi) SE of Zahedan, Iran
  4. 232km (144mi) SSW of Rudbar, Afghanistan
  5. 606km (377mi) NE of Muscat, Oman

Tectonic Summary

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