A large earthquake — the USGS puts it at a 7.8 on the Richter scale — has hit Iran 50 miles east of the city of Khash and near the Pakistani border.
This map is from the USGS. The big red dot is the earthquake.
It is being felt across multiple countries.
Details remain scarce, but reporters in various areas are corroborating the gist of the report, that a strong earthquake in Iran is being felt elsewhere.
Magnitude 8 earthquake strikes Iran: USGS #breaking
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Magnitude 8 earthquake strikes Iran; tremors felt in UAE, Oman and India. Gulf News
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There are reports of secondary quakes.
The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System notes that the quake hit 10 miles below ground, and about 300,000 people are within 60 miles of the epicentre.
Here’s a USGS map of the nearby towns, which felt tremors ranging from severe (orange) to moderate (green):
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