By Staff Reporter, Apr 16, 2013 11:23 AM EDT
(PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters)
Iran was hit by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake today, which has been described as the strongest quake to hit the country in over half a century, according to Iran's ISNA news agency.
The quake reportedly affected both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border, flattening homes and office and resulting in at least 46 casualties. The effects of the earthquake today have been reported to be felt as far away as New Delhi, India and to Gulf cities, where the skyscrapers and buildings swayed, reports USA Today.
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The U.S. Geological Survey's initial findings put the preliminary magnitude at 7.8 and at a depth of 15.2 kilometers (nine miles), but the USGS has since revised their calculations and have found the quake's depth to be 50 miles.
According to Press TV, the center of the quake was 50 kilometers (26 miles) from the Pakistani Border in Saravan. A state of emergency has been declared in the Saravan region and rescue workers have been deployed. Iran's Red Crescent has revealed that the emergency situation is complicated since the region hit with the quake has villages scattered over desolate hills and valleys.
"Our teams have been deployed to the area for the first rapid assessment, but they have not reported back yet," said Hassan Esfandiar, head of communications for the Iranian Red Crescent, to CNN.
Pakistani news channels have reported that people in the southern city of Karachi evacuated their homes and offices due to buildings shaking. Pakistani television reports state that at least six people were killed on their side of the border and at least 47 others have been injured. There have been 1,000 damaged mud homes in Pakistan, due to the quake.
This is the second deadly quake to hit Iran in less than a week-a 6.1 magnitute earthquake struck Iran's Persian Gulf coast, resulting in 37 casualties.