- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A magnitude-7.7 earthquake that struck Iran at its central border with Pakistan on Tuesday has left up to 46 dead, various media reported.

One Iranian television station reported that the death toll was at 40 and could rise, yet another state-run broadcast station said the earthquake did not kill anybody. A senior Pakistani official did confirm to CBS, however, that at least five people were killed as a result of the earthquake. And Reuters said that three women and two children died after their house collapsed from the tremors.

The Associated Press reported that at least 46 are dead.

“The number of casualties could rise as reports come in from different parts of the region,” the Pakistani spokesman, Farhan Bokhari, said in the CBS report.

Iranian news reported that the quake is the strongest to hit the area in more than 50 years.

Residents all across the Gulf region and in New Delhi reported tremors, Fox News reported.

Business Insider reported that the quake was specifically 50 miles east of the city of Khash and that secondary quakes hit several areas.

Meanwhile, a series of earthquakes hit at Oklahoma last night, with the largest in the range of magnitude 4. Fox News reported Tuesday morning that nobody was injured in the quakes.

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