Deadly earthquake rocks Iran and Pakistan, is felt 1,500 miles away
A powerful earthquake rocked Iran and Pakistan on Tuesday, collapsing houses and business and claiming lives, according to U.S. and foreign authorities.
The quake, rated at magnitude 7.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey and 7.5 by the European- Mediterranean Seismological Agency, was centered about 50 miles east of the city of Khash, Iran, but shook tall buildings as far away as New Delhi, nearly 1,500 miles away.
Oklahoma City was struck by two earthquakes within three hours this morning (April 16). They measured 4.3 and 4.2 – relatively light quakes which caused no serious damage, despite shaking buildings – and people – from Lawton, through Norman and as far as Tulsa.
On November 6 2011 Oklahoma, which is affected by the New Madrid Fault, was hit by a M5.6 and 11 aftershocks. Note that magnitude is a measure of energy release, each higher number releasing 30 times more energy than the one before. The Iran ‘quake today is therefore tens of thousands of times “bigger” in terms of energy release than those in Oklahoma.
TOKYO — A strong earthquake shook Japan on Saturday near the southwestern city of Kobe, leaving 23 people injured, seven of them seriously — mostly elderly tripping while trying to flee, police said. No one was killed.
BUSHEHR, Iran Many in southern Iran are dealing with the aftermath of a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck last Tuesday.
At least 37 people were killed, according to state media.
The quake struck 100 kilometers from Bushehr, site of Iran’s only operating nuclear power plant. Officials there say the plant was not damaged.
Iran’s state-run news agency says the quake completely destroyed three cities and damaged several more.
Cities, villages destroyed by M6.3 in Iran
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