Major earthquake rocks Iran, Gulf and India
Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:44am EDT
(Reuters) - A major 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Iran near the border with Pakistan on Tuesday and tremors were felt in India and Gulf states.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 5.44 a.m. ET 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.
Tall buildings shook in India’s capital New Delhi, sending people running into the streets, witnesses said. People also evacuated shaking buildings in Qatar and Dubai, residents said.
A powerful 6.3 magnitude quake struck close to Iran’s only nuclear power station on April 9, killing 37 people and injuring 850 as it destroyed homes and devastated two villages.
IIRC, the October, 1989 Loma Prieta quake that interrupted the World Series was 6.9 or 7.1. It brought down sections of a freeway, the Bay Bridge and homes in SF’s Marina District (all 50 or more miles from the epicenter). This quake was nearly 10X stronger (the Richter scale is logarithmic, not linear). Depending on nearby populations and the geography of the area 10s of thousands (or more!) may be dead.