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March 3, 2021

Dozens feared dead after 7.8 quake in Iran and Pakistan

At least 40 people are feared dead in Iran after a powerful earthquake near its border with Pakistan, Iran’s state-run Press TV reported Tuesday, citing local reports. The earthquake was preliminarily measured at 7.8 magnitude, the U.S. Geological Survey said, quoted by CNN.The Iranian Seismological Center said the earthquake, which it put at magnitude 7.5, had struck Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province.

The epicenter of the quake, which struck about 3:15 p.m. local time, was about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of the city of Saravan, the center said.

A state of emergency has been declared in the Saravan area, and rescue workers have been deployed from other provinces, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.


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