By Courtney Trenwith
US Geological Survey records new tremors after strongest quake in 50 years to hit region
Two after-shocks have rattled the same area in Iran where the strongest earthquake in 50 years struck on Tuesday and shook cities as far away as Dubai and New Delhi.
A 5.7-magnitude quake hit at 7.15am local time and was followed by one measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale at 8.53am, according to the US Geological Survey.
The after-shocks struck close to Khash, near the Pakistani border, and were about 68km and 53km under the Earths’ surface.
They came hours after a huge 7.8-magnitude quake struck about 2.45pm on Tuesday, in what authorities said was the strongest in at least five decades.
There were initial fears that hundreds or thousands had died but the USGS said the earthquake had struck so far underground damage and casualties had been limited.
Iranian state media says one person has been confirmed dead and 12 were injured. It had initially reported there were 40 deaths.
Pakistani authorities said at least 40 people had died and 200 were injured in Balochistan province, the BBC reported.
The quake was felt across Asia and the Middle East, with shaking buildings forcing evacuations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Oman.
People also fled onto the streets in New Delhi, India.