Quake rocks Iran, Pakistan

People stand outside their office buildings in Karachi

KARACHI – A powerful earthquake centered in Iran killed six people in Pakistan today and injured dozens more in both countries, officials said.

Akbar Hussain Durrani, home minister of Pakistan’s Balochistan province, said six people died and more than a dozen were injured in the province’s Washuk district.

The quake also injured a dozen people in southeastern Iran. They were treated at a hospital, the Crisis Management Office of Sistan and Baluchestan province reported. No one was killed, said Reza Arbabi, the office’s director.

Sistan and Baluchestan province borders Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Earlier today, Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency quoted a politician from the province as saying that 40 people had been killed in the earthquake.

However, Arbabi and Sistan and Baluchestan Governor-general Hatam Narouie disputed that there were deaths.

Fars later quoted Narouie as saying, “Fortunately, the quake did not cause any deaths or serious property damage. Telephone lines are now working and water and electricity (are) normal.”

Narouie told Fars that the news outlet should rely only on information from the crisis office.

The quake destroyed more than 50 shops in the Washuk district, in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, said Durrani, the provincial home minister.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake was preliminarily measured at 7.8 magnitude. The Iranian Seismological Center said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.5. (CNN)

One Response to Quake rocks Iran, Pakistan

  1. christopher February 21, 2016 at 5:31 am

    earthquake will destroy the middle east because god believe that
    muslims do not like Christians. Christians are getting killed by the hands of muslims radicals and local muslims that live in the region. if nothing is done the middle east will feel the full wrath of god which means Armageddon or the end of the middle east as we know it. Time is running short. act now stop the killing
    of innocent Christians and stop burning Christians churches of worship and do not torture, underfeed or kill Christians because
    will find you and sentence you to hell. You will be tormented forever burning in hell if that’s where you want to go. Your choice. god have the middle east under surveillance and it can be destructive for the entire region if you do not comply.


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