Powerful earthquake strikes Sistan and Balouchestan region in Iran

Iranian television has reported a powerful earthquake has struck the country close to the Pakistani border. Communications have been cut and there has been no official confirmation of deaths with numbers ranging from no mortalities to at least 40.

According to the US Geological Survey the epicentre of the 7.8 magnitude quake was near the south-east city of Khash, close to the Pakistani border the strongest to strike Iran for forty years.

In Pakistan tremors from the quake caused the deaths of at least 13 people said officials. Among them were three women and two children killed when their house collapsed. The effects were felt across the Gulf region.

In Dubai images caught the moment the tremors hit. Buildings were evacuated while in India’s capital New Delhi people ran into the streets in fear as tall buildings there began to shake. It is the second earthquake in seven days to strike Iran which sits on major geological fault lines.euronews