Times of Oman
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Earthquake rattles Oman, no major damage reported
April 16, 2013 | 12:00 AM
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Muscat: Aftershocks of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Iran near the border with Pakistan were felt in northern parts of Oman also.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit at 10:44 GMT 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.

Residents in Muscat, Sohar, Ibri and Musandam felt the tremor.

"First, we couldn't realise that it was earthquake. Later on we ran out of the building," Omar from Sohar said.

"I was sleeping, I suddenly felt that somebody shook my bed," Hussain from Ruwi said.

Meanwhile, a navy official at the Sultanate's Musandam Naval Base, which is close to Iran, said that they felt the tremor but it was a minor one.

"There is no damage," he said.

Officials at airports in Muscat and Salalah said that there is no damage.

Meanwhile, 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.

An Iranian government official said on Tuesday he expected hundreds of deaths from a major earthquake that struck Iran near the border with Pakistan.

"It was the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years and we are expecting hundreds of dead," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.


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