17 Apr 2013

Rescue underway in Pakistan after Iran quake

10:14 am on 17 April 2013

Rescue efforts are underway after a 7.8 earthquake struck Iran, killing more than 35 people and injuring 150 in neighbouring Pakistan.

It was the most powerful quake to hit Iran in more than 50 years, with the shake felt as far away as the Gulf Arab states and India's capital.

The BBC reports that the quake was centred on the sparsely-populated province of Sistan Baluchistan at a depth of 82 kilometres.

Officials there say no deaths have been reported so far.

Dehavari is a resident Saravan, near the quake's epicentre.

"I took a good walk around in the city of Saravan. Thank God people were calm. There were rescue teams as well. Not much damage has been done apart from the fact that there were cracks in the walls in some of the older parts of the city."