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An earthquake preliminarily measured at 7.8 magnitude hit the Iran-Pakistan border on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The earthquake was felt as far away as Abu Dhabi, where buildings shook for 40 seconds or more, but it's not yet clear what damage has been caused across region.

Shafiq Ahmed, an official with Pakistan's metreological department, told CNN the tremor, which he put at magnitude 7.9, struck inside southern Iran, near the border with Pakistan.

Tremors were felt in southern Pakistan, including the city of Karachi, and across Balochistan province

Carrieann Bedwell, a USGS seismologist, said a 7.8 magnitude earthquake was "a large event for any area" and could be expected to cause damage in inhabited places.

Aftershocks can be expected for days or weeks after a quake of the magnitude, she said.

The earthquake was measured at a preliminary depth of 15 kilometers (9.3 miles.).(CNN)
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  • sss Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:00 PM

    Hope there is minimal damage

    Feroze Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:00 PM

    Felt is Dubai and Sharjah too and poeple are out of the residential and Office Buildings already!!

    Jana Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:04 PM

    We felt it in Doha , Qatar

    crick Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:10 PM

    o god almighty, these people deserve your grace, not quakes!

    Kurung Gurung Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:12 PM

    USA did something here

    jayantha silva Wednesday, 17 April 2013 07:31 AM

    It's a natural disaster.

    Mr Retort Wednesday, 17 April 2013 08:18 AM

    Due lack of solidarity by these countries to their brothers in Sri Lanka

    Ex-DXB Wednesday, 17 April 2013 03:43 AM

    missed the quake in Dubai by one month.. :-(

    Saradial Wednesday, 17 April 2013 04:09 AM

    How fool you are!

    xlntgson Wednesday, 17 April 2013 04:32 AM

    Cyclones, hurricanes and tornadoes for once quake prone Americas!

    fact Wednesday, 17 April 2013 04:32 AM

    if the earthquake was in US then it would have been the Talibans! he he he ...


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