A major 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Iran near the border with Pakistan and tremors were felt in India and Gulf states.
The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 10:44 GMT at a depth of 15.2 km (9.4 miles). The epicenter was in southeast Iran in an area of mountains and desert.
It was located 201 km (125 miles) southeast of the Iranian city of Zahedan and 250 km northwest of Turbat in Pakistan, USGS said.
Reuters tweeted quoting an Iranian official saying that hundreds of dead were expected from the earthquake.
Tremors were felt in Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Larkana, Jacobabad, Quetta and other cities which created panic amongst people. However, no casualties were reported PPI reported.
Express News reported that the earthquake was felt in Rahim Yar Khan, Serai Desert, Faisalabad, and Shahdadkot.
Buildings in Karachi were immediately evacuated after the tremors were felt.
Express employees exit the Karachi office after the earthquake. PHOTO: JAHANZAIB HAQUE“My desk started shaking and we ran out of the building. Since then we are standing outside our office,” a Karachi-ite shared his experience.
People anticipating aftershocks in all the main areas of Karachi refused to go inside the buildings.
Shahra-e-Faisal, an area with numerous offices, was crowded with people who evacuated their offices and were hesitant to go back inside the buildings.
People evacuating from buildings in Karachi. PHOTO: SARA MUZZAMIL“Two of my colleagues fainted during the tremor but we were successful in evacuating through our emergency exit,” a citizen expressed his experience.
In Balochistan, the earthquake was felt in Gadani, Harnai,People running after the earthquake tremors. PHOTO: Maazj94
Strong tremors shook tall buildings in India’s capital New Delhi on Tuesday.
A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.
The quake hit 125 kilometres (77 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island at 8:00 pm local time (10:00 GMT), at a depth of 10 kilometres.