State TV: Power, communications down in southeast Iran

April 16, 2013 14:58

DUBAI - Power and communications systems were down in most of the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchistan following a major 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, Iranian state television reported.

The Iranian city of Saravan, which lies near the center of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which hit the country on Tuesday, has not seen serious damage, the Fars news agency said.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 1044 GMT at a depth of 15.2 km (9.4 miles). The epicenter was in southeast Iran in an area of mountains and desert.

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