KARACHI – A powerful earthquake centered in Iran killed six people in Pakistan today and injured dozens more in both countries, officials said.
Akbar Hussain Durrani, home minister of Pakistan’s Balochistan province, said six people died and more than a dozen were injured in the province’s Washuk district.
The quake also injured a dozen people in southeastern Iran. They were treated at a hospital, the Crisis Management Office of Sistan and Baluchestan province reported. No one was killed, said Reza Arbabi, the office’s director.
Sistan and Baluchestan province borders Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Earlier today, Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency quoted a politician from the province as saying that 40 people had been killed in the earthquake.
However, Arbabi and Sistan and Baluchestan Governor-general Hatam Narouie disputed that there were deaths.
Fars later quoted Narouie as saying, “Fortunately, the quake did not cause any deaths or serious property damage. Telephone lines are now working and water and electricity (are) normal.”
Narouie told Fars that the news outlet should rely only on information from the crisis office.
The quake destroyed more than 50 shops in the Washuk district, in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, said Durrani, the provincial home minister.
The US Geological Survey said the earthquake was preliminarily measured at 7.8 magnitude. The Iranian Seismological Center said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.5. (CNN)