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M7.8 Quake Strikes Iran-Pakistan Border

Posted by feww on April 16, 2013

Powerful quake felt throughout the Persian Gulf region

The quake struck at a depth of about 15.2 km (9.4 miles), USGS/EHP reported.

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 7.8
  • Date-Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:44:13 UTC
  • Location: 28.056°N, 62.080°E
  • Depth: 15.2 km (9.4 miles)
  • Distances:
    • 86 km (53 miles) ESE of Khash, Iran
    • 167 km (103 miles) NE of Iranshahr, Iran
    • 198 km (123 miles) SE of Zahedan, Iran
    • 237 km (147 miles) SSW of Rudbar, Afghanistan
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 14.9 km (9.3 miles); depth +/- 6.2 km (3.9 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Extent of damage caused by the quake and casualties, if any, were unknown, as of posting.

One Response to “M7.8 Quake Strikes Iran-Pakistan Border”

  1. feww said

    Quake depth revised by USGS/EHP to 82 km (51.0 miles).
    It shook a vast region for 40 seconds; tremors were felt throughout Middle-East, including Oman, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahraini capital Manama, as well as Pakistan, Afghanistan and Northern India, including the capital New Delhi.
    The quake killed dozens of people, injured hundreds more and destroyed at least 1,500 mud-houses in one Pakistani town alone.
    “A local health official in Iran told the Fars news agency that more than 20 villages were probably ‘severely damaged,’ based on initial reports.”
    “The head of Iran’s Red Crescent rescue corps said communications to the stricken areas have been cut.”

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