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Strong earthquake rattles Iran; tremors send Jaipur residents in a tizzy
People in Jaipur got panicky as strong tremors rocked the city at about quarter past four on Tuesday evening along with many parts of north India. There were no immediate reports of any casualties in India as the epicenter of the earthquake was far away near Pakistan-Iran border.

The initial reports ascribed to Indian Meteorological Department reported that the quake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale took place at 4.14pm (IST) at a depth of 33 km at Pakistan-Iran border.

We were at work at a training site of an NGO in Jaipur, when some participants felt the plastic chairs shaking for a few seconds; they shouted to get under a table, which all did. After two minutes, we went outside and soon the news about the quake was being aired. We called it a day and left for home and saw groups of people out on streets talking about the quake.

The US Geological Survey website reported that a strong earthquake struck near the Iranian city of Khash, in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The quake rattled southeastern Iran, the Gulf, Pakistan and Afghanistan where buildings swayed. However, mild tremors were felt in South Asia.

Hundreds are feared to have died in the quake although Iranian officials have confirmed the death of 40 people so far. Five people have died in Pakistan as a result of the quake.

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