Yesterday, April 16, 2013, at 15:14 p.m. IRDT (UTC+4:30), an earthquake struck the mountainous region between the cities of Khash and Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran, 83 km east of Khash, close to the border with Pakistan. It lasted about 25 seconds. The Iranian Seismological Center listed the earthquake as 7.5 magnitude on the Richter scale.
The quake was felt throughout much of eastern Iran and southern Pakistan, and as far away as Riyadh, Manama, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, some areas in the neighboring state of Pakistan, and in New Delhi, India. The tremors destroyed many buildings in Iran. People evacuated buildings in far away places such as Delhi, India, and on the Arabian Peninsula. Pakistani news channels showed buildings shaking in the southern city of Karachi. People in panic evacuated their offices and homes.
This earthquake closely follows the 6.1-magnitude quake that struck the southwest coast of Iran near the port city of city of Bushehr on April 9, 2013. Saravan is about 600 miles from Bushehr, on the south-eastern border of Iran near Pakistan.
Iran is well-known for its long history of disastrous earthquake activities. Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, crossed by several major fault lines that cover almost 90% of the country. The Iranian plateau is subject to most types of tectonic activity, including active folding, faulting and volcanic eruptions. Hence, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are destructive.
Yesterday’s earthquake was probably the strongest earthquake in Iran within the last 40 years, and possibly the strongest in the last half-century, equal in magnitude to the one that shook Tabas in 1978 killing 15,000.
- 7.8 Earthquake Hits Iran, Felt In Neighboring Countries (albanytribune.com)
- Pakistan bears the brunt of Iran quake (thehindu.com)
- Briefing: Do earthquakes threaten Iran’s nuclear facilities? (newscientist.com)
- Iran’s state TV channel denies earthquake victims (en.trend.az)
- Briefing: Do earthquakes threaten Iran’s nuclear facilities? – New Scientist (warsclerotic.wordpress.com)
- Iran informs IAEA nuclear facilities are unharmed by quake (en.trend.az)
- 2013 Sistan and Baluchestan earthquake (en.wikipedia.org)
- List of earthquakes in Iran (en.wikipedia.org)