|Russia, Turkey offer aid for Iran quake victims||
TEHRAN – Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Russian President Vladimir Putin have offered condolences over the very strong earthquake that struck southeast of Iran on Tuesday, Iranian media reported on Wednesday.
They wished speedy recovery for the injured and expressed readiness to send humanitarian aid for the victims.
According to ISNA, one person was killed and several others were injured in the 7.7 magnitude quake that hit the city of Saravan in the southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province, which borders Pakistan, on Tuesday.
The quake happened at 15:14 local time at a depth of 95 kilometers and did not cause serious damage.
The magnitude of the quake was reported to be 7.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey. It said the depth of the earthquake was 82 kilometers.
The intensity of the quake was such that it was felt in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and a number of Persian Gulf Arab countries.
According to NBC News, at least 39 people were killed in Pakistan and 170 were injured. Over 1,000 houses were partially damaged in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province.
Tuesday’s earthquake was the second strong quake to struck Iran in a week.
A 6.1 magnitude quake hit some 90 kilometers away from Iran’s sole nuclear power plant, located in the southwestern port city of Bushehr, on April 9. It killed 37 people and injured 950 others but left the nuclear facility undamaged.
Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines, and is prone to earthquakes.
In one of the deadliest quakes, about 26,000 people were killed by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake that flattened the southeastern city of Bam in December 2003.
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