The U.S. Geological Survey has reported a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck east of Khash, Iran.

 

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The quake took place at 10:44 GMT at an estimated depth of 51 miles. An official with the Iranian Red Crescent has been cited as saying that, because of the quake’s depth, damage was on par with a magnitude 4 event. The epicenter was located in a sparsely populated area, so injuries and damage in Iran were minor.

 

Pakistanis are pictured outside after evacuating nearby buildings following tremors in Karachi on April 16, 2013. A powerful earthquake in southwest Iran brought down homes across the border in Pakistan on April 16, killing at least five people and wounding others in a remote community, a hospital official said. The earthquake, which the US Geological Survey measured at 7.8, was felt across large parts of Pakistan including Islamabad, where buildings shook, and the largest city Karachi where tremors prompted many to flee buildings in terror. | ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images

 

Pakistanis were not so fortunate. 34 deaths had been reported at the time of this article's writing and 80 were reported injured. Those numbers could rise as crews dig through wreckage in search of survivors.

 

GURGAON, INDIA - APRIL 16: People came out of their offices following earthquake tremorsin the city on April 16, 2013 in Gurgaon, India. Earthquake epic centre is said to be on Iran-Pakistan border with magnitude of 7.8 on richter scale. (Photo by Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

 

Tremors were felt as far as India and Saudi Arabia, where tall buildings were evacuated as a precaution. The earthquake was the strongest to hit Iran in over 50 years.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 16: People came outside of their high rise office building following earthquake tremors on April 16, 2013 in New Delhi, India. Earthquake epic centre is said to be on Iran-Pakistan border with magnitude of 7.8 on richter scale. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)