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Iranian State TV Says At Least 40 Dead In Quake

posted 16 Apr 2013, 05:58 by Mpelembe   [ updated 16 Apr 2013, 06:01 ]

Iranian state television says at least 40 people have been killed in a 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

TEHRAN, IRAN (APRIL 16, 2013) (PRESS TV) - Iranian state television said on Tuesday (April 16) at least 40 people were killed when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Islamic state near the border withPakistan on Tuesday.

The news anchor on Press TV said at least 40 people had been killed.

Tremors from the quake were also felt in India and Gulf states.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake hit at 10:44 GMT at a depth of 15.2 km (9.4 miles).

The epicentre was in southeast Iran in an area of mountains and desert, 201 km (125 miles) southeast of Zahedan and 250 km northwest of Turbat in Pakistan, USGS said.

An earthquake killed 37 people in Iran on April 9. Earlier in the day two smaller tremors were felt in India's Himalayan region close to the Chinese border.