Major Earthquake Strikes Southern Iran

April 10, 2013; 7:30 AM ET
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Image credit: USGS Earthquake Hazards website

UPDATE:

Deaths as a result of the quake have since been reported. The USGS has posted an orange-level alert for shaking-related fatalities. This signifies that "significant casualties are likely and the disaster is potentially widespread."


A powerful, shallow earthquake has rocked southern Iran on Tuesday.

There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3, with an epicenter about 55 miles (89 km) southeast of Bandar Bushehr, the USGS Earthquake Hazards website said. The focal depth was only 6 miles (10 km).

Estimated maximum shaking was Mercalli intensity VIII, which is defined as "severe," having "moderate" to "heavy" damage potential, the USGS website showed.

A magnitude 5.4 aftershock followed within about 13 minutes.

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