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Hundreds of dead expected after Iran quake: Official

Reuters
Apr 16, 2013 at 05:29pm IST

Ankara: An Iranian government official said on Tuesday he expected hundreds of deaths from a major earthquake that struck Iran near the border with Pakistan.

"It was the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years and we are expecting hundreds of dead," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A major 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck at 10:44 GMT at a depth of 15.2 km (9.4 miles). The epicenter was in southeast Iran in an area of mountains and desert.

Hundreds of dead expected after Iran quake: Official

"It was the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years and we are expecting hundreds of dead," said the official.

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