Iran: Quake kills at least 40 near Pakistan border
TEHERAN, Iran (AP) - A major earthquake described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century flattened homes and offices on Tuesday near Iran's border with Pakistan, killing at least 40 people in the sparsely populated region and swaying skyscrapers and buildings as far away as New Delhi.
Iran's Red Crescent said it was facing a "complicated emergency situation" in the area with villages scattered over desolate hills and valleys.
Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency and others described the quake, measured at least magnitude 7.7, as the strongest quake in more than 50 years.
It also was the second deadly quake to hit Iran in less than a week after a magnitude 6.1 temblor struck near Bushehr, on Iran's Persian Gulf coast, killing at least 37 people and raising calls for greater international safety inspectors at Iran's lone nuclear reactor nearby.