Map shows the epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.—Courtesy DawnGIS

KARACHI: A major earthquake struck a region near the Iran-Pakistan border on Tuesday, killing 34 people in different parts of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, officials said.

The worst-hit areas from the 7.8 magnitude quake were reported to be close to the Pakistan-Iran border.

Officials confirmed to Dawn.com that up to 34 people had died due to the earthquake, while 80 were reported to be injured in the Mashkel area of Balochistan’s Washuk district alone.

Several hundred houses were also reported to have collapsed, raising fears of further casualties in the area. Dozens of shops and buildings have also been destroyed by the tremors.

According to the most recent reports, two Pakistan Army helicopters carrying medical teams and supplies have reached Mashkel, where personnel are now busy in relief and rescue efforts.

The epicenter was reported by the United States geological Survey to be in southeast Iran in an area of mountains and desert. It was located 201 km southeast of the Iranian city of Zahedan and 250 km northwest of Turbat in Pakistan, USGS said.

Tremors were felt across several Pakistani cities, including Quetta, Pishin, Killa Abdullah, Chaghi, Sibi, Jaffarabad, Karachi, Hyderabad, Quetta, Badin, Islamabad, and Rawalpindi.

According to reports, the earthquake shook areas from Quetta to Pak-Iran Border Taftan and Pak-Afghan border Chaman. And Mekran belt near Arabian Sea.

Several part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, including Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, also felt the jolts.

Tremors from the earthquake were felt as far away as New Delhi and the Gulf cities of Dubai and Bahrain. Across the Gulf, high-rise buildings swayed and officials ordered evacuations.

Meanwhile, there were conflicting reports regarding casualties in Iran.

An Iranian provincial governor said there were no deaths in Iran due to the earthquake.

“Fortunately, the earthquake resulted in no fatalities,” Hatam Narouyi, the governor of Sistan-Balochistan where the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit, told the ISNA agency.

Iranian state television had earlier reported at least 40 people killed, but acknowledged it had no official confirmation.

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Comments (116)

Mani
April 16, 2013 10:59 am
woof ... scared
ZUB
April 16, 2013 10:59 am
Dubai Even
Shahz
April 16, 2013 11:06 am
scary
Test
April 16, 2013 11:06 am
Is there a Tsunami warning?
Ahmed Adnan Prince Aadi
April 16, 2013 11:07 am
It Was Cool.....!!!
Ashfaq
April 16, 2013 11:08 am
I was reading my book when felt vibrations under my feet. I thought it was due to some kind of mental activity. Then tried to get up from the chair yet felt strong vibrations and felt as if I was losing my balance. I turned to dawn online and here it verifies my thought process.
Ashfaq
April 16, 2013 11:09 am
I am from Hyderabad. [ Ashfaq]
Usman
April 16, 2013 11:10 am
All across Karachi.....Have confirmed from friends and family from Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Korangi, SITE, Bahadurabad, Defence.
faisal@gmail.com
April 16, 2013 11:14 am
felt in Lahore, pakistan
papa
April 16, 2013 11:14 am
we felt in sharjah, one big swing ,it was very shaking ,
Umaid
April 16, 2013 11:14 am
May ALMIGHTY protect us all.
Shahzad
April 16, 2013 11:15 am
Also, in Kuwait
Niazi (@NKNiazi)
April 16, 2013 11:16 am
same in Ras al khaimah UAE
Basit
April 16, 2013 11:16 am
hope all well save
GK
April 16, 2013 11:16 am
Scarryyy....In New Delhi tooo...
nabeel
April 16, 2013 11:17 am
yes we felt that too in karachi
Vikas
April 16, 2013 11:17 am
It was adventurous in Delhi...
Akhtar
April 16, 2013 11:18 am
Tremor felt in Sohar region also
Mehdi
April 16, 2013 11:19 am
Even in Muscat we felt it
Brian O'Sullivan
April 16, 2013 11:19 am
Abu Dhabi felt it too!
mehish
April 16, 2013 11:20 am
its a warning for all of us from ALLAH , its a time for all of us to understand that why are we here in this world
ynotoman
April 16, 2013 11:21 am
and in Muscat Oman
Moses
April 16, 2013 11:21 am
I felt :(
Mustafa
April 16, 2013 11:22 am
i am sitting in the office when i felt that some jin is shaking my chair and stand up to see the chair shaking, and told my boss that this is an earthquake, he says please sit down and do your work, when i heard people saying to evacuate the building then my boss realize that this is the tremor, May Allah save us all from Earth powerful forces
Waj
April 16, 2013 11:22 am
KSA even (khobar)
MaM
April 16, 2013 11:22 am
We have felt it in Oman @ around 3pm
Syed Ali Faiz
April 16, 2013 11:23 am
felt it in saudi
asgher
April 16, 2013 11:24 am
Allah sab ko apnay hifz o aman mai rakhay aameen!!! Allah hamaray saaray gunaah maaf keray aameen!!
Fahad
April 16, 2013 11:25 am
isn't this warning enough for us that we start seeking forgiveness of Allah!!
Ram
April 16, 2013 11:25 am
Even Building in Dubai Outsource Zone Shaked all were out of Buildings
Nawaz
April 16, 2013 11:26 am
May God protect everyone.
nomi
April 16, 2013 11:26 am
Felt @ meezan house (meezan bank) head office too.
Syed Jehanzeb (@sjehanzeb)
April 16, 2013 11:27 am
whats the news on Iran... karachi also felt it
salman
April 16, 2013 11:27 am
Dears, instead of saying Woof, scary etc, being a muslim we should recite the recommended Quran surah and pray to Allah for his mercy.
Salim
April 16, 2013 11:27 am
We also felt it in Muscat, Oman
Sajjad Haider
April 16, 2013 11:27 am
i m in office my chair was shaking
Muhammad Suleman
April 16, 2013 11:28 am
Yes .I 'm in Dubai...the jolts were severe.We got evacuated from our buildings. Thanks God no causalities.
Masroore
April 16, 2013 11:28 am
We should pray to Allah for His mercy!
Syed
April 16, 2013 11:28 am
Yeah, it was scary. Whole buidlings were cleared in Abu Dhabi. We all went down by stairs, two such events in recent past.
Muhammad Ashraf
April 16, 2013 11:28 am
O" ALLAH, We have beeen doing zulm on our souls, please forgive us and save us from our wrong doings Aameen
observer
April 16, 2013 11:29 am
fujairah rocks
muhammadsuleman761
April 16, 2013 11:29 am
I 'm in Dubai...jolts were severe.....Thanks God no causalities.
Khan
April 16, 2013 11:29 am
I.I chundrigar was shaking..........
Azmat.
April 16, 2013 11:30 am
just got back to work after evacuating the building in DIFC Dubai. May Allah keep us all safe.
M Imran
April 16, 2013 11:31 am
O My God thanks we all are safe
Vazir
April 16, 2013 11:33 am
I felt the shaik two to three times in KSA, Jubail....
Fayaz
April 16, 2013 11:33 am
Gulshan- e- Hadeed Bin Qasim Town Malir feel also
Good Man
April 16, 2013 11:34 am
Lets pray that there will be no serious threat for Tsunami after this earthquake. Otherwise, the losses can be enormously big !!
saleem
April 16, 2013 11:35 am
i dont know abt you guys but it felt more like a tickle to me where i live
sidd
April 16, 2013 11:36 am
We are still talking about it here in Riyadh,Saudi Arabia.. It was really a deadly quake, God make mercy on us..Aamen!!
maha
April 16, 2013 11:36 am
I also felt my table was shaking and could not believe whats happening - We are in office
pinscribd.com
April 16, 2013 11:37 am
we also felt the shockwaves in our area..
Ali Shahid
April 16, 2013 11:37 am
Yes, it felt in our class during lecture. Projector, Fans and windows shaked slightly. Here at 348PM in Vehari, Pakistan
faheem
April 16, 2013 11:38 am
we feel al jubail saudi arabia while meeting char moving
Faheem Shaikh
April 16, 2013 11:38 am
Felt at Ghotki, Sindh...
Muhammad Farooq
April 16, 2013 11:42 am
pray for safety and security of all.
Sayed Haider Ali Shah
April 16, 2013 11:42 am
can any one tell me that what was it,s magnitude in PaK?
Ahmed Sultan
April 16, 2013 11:45 am
Felt it in Gurgaon
faaziz
April 16, 2013 11:47 am
Felt it in Karachi, felt pretty horrible to be stuck on the 11th when that happened.
ET
April 16, 2013 11:47 am
Please Recite ASTAGHFIRULLAH continuously..
Muhammad Adnan Arshad
April 16, 2013 11:51 am
ALLAH u AKBAR!
Nadeem Yasin
April 16, 2013 11:53 am
Also felt at Leads Center, Lahore.
Hina Asad
April 16, 2013 11:53 am
A severe one was felt in Dubai, we were advised to evacuate the building in Dubai Internet City
Manan Ahmed
April 16, 2013 11:54 am
Plz Sb Zeaada sy zeaada Astaghfirullah parhy or Allah sy Apny Gunaaho ki Maafe maangee....
Tuaha
April 16, 2013 11:54 am
I was shooting a scene when my camera started shaking, we ran out of the building, the whole quake remained for several minutes.
B
April 16, 2013 11:55 am
It was very strong here in Dubai. The worst part is when you are stuck in the buildings. Thankfully all is well. May God keep us all protected, here, everywhere.
Asim
April 16, 2013 11:55 am
Abu Dhabi shook as well
Rizwan Zubairy
April 16, 2013 11:55 am
Have to do ISTAGHFAR. Earthquake shows Allah's anger.
hina
April 16, 2013 11:58 am
yes im in karachi and im in my office bulding to much shaked
kudsee
April 16, 2013 12:02 pm
You felt it or not this is an obvious warning for all of us to seek forgiveness and do accountability of all deeds every night. If breaking a heart is not allowed we should think how we are being used to a part of silent majority against all brutal lords and not opposing them.
AA
April 16, 2013 12:05 pm
All prayers with Iranians. I hope most people survived the horrible earthquake.
Tayyab
April 16, 2013 12:05 pm
My chair was shaking alot here in karachi Cim Shipping. We shall thanks to ALLAH for savings our lifes instead of doing wufff etc. May ALLAH protect us all.
hina
April 16, 2013 12:06 pm
Me in karachi city to much shaked here but thank god all is fine n good allah blused over here
Bilal
April 16, 2013 12:07 pm
Yes, we felt it here in Oman in eastern city SUR
Farhat
April 16, 2013 12:10 pm
i havent personally felt but some ppl also felt here in Doha, Qatar
haris
April 16, 2013 12:15 pm
Next time, as soon as you felt a tremor immediately leave the building and stay up in open-air. You can turned to Dawn later. May Allah protect us
SAM
April 16, 2013 12:15 pm
Felt in Qatar as well.The emplyees on high floors like i was on 18th floor felt the tremors. this is second time since last week.
ada
April 16, 2013 12:30 pm
what if its just Iran testing it's alleged nuclear weapons underground?! shakin' it all up!!!
Muhammad Amin
April 16, 2013 12:31 pm
Jubail city in saudi arabia felt the tremors also
vijay singh ivory coast
April 16, 2013 12:52 pm
ya khuda take care of your sons and daughters.remember your faith in almighty power allah ishwar waheguru or by which so ever name you know him.may the souls of departed one rest in peace
MS Abdul Rahman
April 16, 2013 12:53 pm
Buildings shook and some were evacuated, especially the oil refineries . my computer screen trembled , and could clearly feel the swaying which continued for fairly long here in Kuwait too. the time was 13 52 to be exact local time which is three hours ahead of GMT.
Morad786
April 16, 2013 12:58 pm
Felt it in Doha, Qatar!
yaser
April 16, 2013 1:22 pm
TV in iran said: yet just 5 people damage
Magister Ludi
April 16, 2013 1:40 pm
What does God have to do with earthquake?
Mohdudul Huq
April 16, 2013 2:10 pm
Pray to our Almighty for the people of Muslim nations in that region.
pakistani
April 16, 2013 2:52 pm
i personally felt it but it was minor.
Stranger
April 16, 2013 3:26 pm
Mother Earth is angry and restless. Population boom/ Industrialisatio /Global warming / Regular bombings has taken its toll on Her. This is her Way of revolting.
Ravi Ingale from University of Pune.
April 16, 2013 3:38 pm
Whole Indian Subcontinental region on the Earthquake Radar, it was just minor, even 21 people killed.
Shadman
April 16, 2013 3:38 pm
My friend 7.8 Magnitude is nothing minor... Thank the Lord that it was not in the Ocean...
Karachi Wala
April 16, 2013 3:39 pm
What kind of pray is this?
Irfan
April 16, 2013 3:40 pm
What about those who are not Muslims. Don't you think they are human being? My thoughts and prayers for all those who live in effected area.
pankajdehlavi
April 16, 2013 3:52 pm
It seems, whole of muslim world is shaken up....... May be some warning from Allah to mend your ways asap..
Karachi Wala
April 16, 2013 4:10 pm
There are two ways to look at this earthquake. One way is to look for a scientific reason. The other is, as most of the comments here suggest a spiritual one. The scientific reason I would leave for the scientists but if one looks at it from a spiritual angle, then the area covered with the quake is mostly of Muslim nations. The Muslims in the effected area and beyond need introspect. Are we as pious as we think we are? Are we dispensing "Haqooq ul Ibad (the duty we owe to mankind) while we are all gung ho for Haqooq Allah (Duties Owing to Allah) the way Allah has made obligatory on each Muslim? Remember Allah says, I might forgive your duties toward me but will not forgive you not fulfilling your duties toward mankind.
UMAR UAE
April 16, 2013 4:15 pm
tremors were felt in UAE, Alain I was on internet when i felt the tremors
Dilbar
April 16, 2013 4:22 pm
@Mohdudul Huq Why only muslims .........??/
sara
April 16, 2013 4:46 pm
Why not the non Muslim nations. Are they not human.
Numair
April 16, 2013 5:28 pm
I thought maybe, after reading some outrageous comments on this article, I should just clarify that an earthquake is the result of tectonic plate movements and not the work of some malevolent God, people! I would have expected that in the year 2013, even for a country like Pakistan, people would have accepted the plate tectonic theory. Surely, you don't want to believe in a God that kills dozens of people every time he wants to give us a sign? Has sense totally deserted our people?!
Nadeem Ullah
April 16, 2013 7:22 pm
According to BBC, it's 9 people :( http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2013/04/130416_mashkeel_earthquake_zs.shtml
Such bolo
April 16, 2013 8:28 pm
This part of the Pakistan or Iran is not known for earth quakes. any wonder what else could be. With open mind one should evaluate all the possibilities which can rock the land like this. As we all know Israel is on Iran's back constantly and looking for various avenue to destroy the Iranian nuclear Plants. There is no security from Pakistan side on this region any one with high intelligence can walk in iran from this side of Pakistan. Just a thought I would not rule out any foul Play until it is certain it was earth quake created by nature not by some evil forces of the world culprits
Saleem
April 16, 2013 8:33 pm
Dubai have enough money to fight against any EarthQuake.UAE financial system is extremely robust and secure.Dubai have completely secured all of its buildings against any EarthQuake.All building are completely EarthQuake proof in Dubai.Due to strong financial sector,economy and its powerful planning,its impossible to destroy Dubai now.
Vishnu Mahant
April 17, 2013 2:50 am
It may be more, however it is a remote scarcely populated area. May God god help all the affected people.
Nish
April 17, 2013 6:27 am
Wow.. you have got some talent. Try writing scripts
Devil
April 17, 2013 6:36 am
rofl !! :-) That's real heights !! You guys are champion conspiracy theorists !!!
Devil
April 17, 2013 6:37 am
you felt tremors on internet ?
sfk
April 17, 2013 6:37 am
What BS are you talking ?
Devil
April 17, 2013 6:40 am
Example of how narrow one can think .. "our" Almighty for the people of "Muslim" nations
Devil
April 17, 2013 6:41 am
to feel tremors ? ;-)
Devil
April 17, 2013 6:49 am
yes, stay up in open-air as closed-air might harm you, its polluted these days ...
Devil
April 17, 2013 7:01 am
that proves, you have feelings ...
Devil
April 17, 2013 10:17 am
ye Dubai, Dubai kya hai .. ye Dubai, Dubai !!! Saleem Dubai par mat ro !!
ds
April 17, 2013 11:16 am
ha ha...tremors on internet!!
zain
April 17, 2013 11:44 am
Noble Conspiracy award !!!
Devil
April 17, 2013 3:20 pm
Are you The Saleem from Dubai ? If yes, then we know why earth quake tickles you ... ref : your comment on page 1.
Devil
April 17, 2013 3:25 pm
Tsunami when the epicenter is not seabed !! I don't think we need to disturb God for this, let her/him finish other important stuff !!
Devil
April 17, 2013 3:26 pm
Don't be too harsh on yourself !!
Ram
April 17, 2013 4:55 pm
My thoughts and prayers are with Pakistanis, Please help the need and pick up some other time and place for debating
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