EARTH IS SHAKING Five earthquakes hit central Oklahoma early Tuesday Iran earthquake, at least 7.7 magnitude, strikes along Iran-Pakistan border

Five earthquakes hit central Oklahoma early Tuesday

The 4.3 magnitude earthquake, with aftershocks, that struck Oklahoma is small, compared with Tuesday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the Iran-Pakistan border. The Red Cross expects no injuries in Oklahoma.Five earthquakes shook central Oklahoma early Tuesday, with the highest 4.3 magnitude quake hitting at 1:56 a.m., Central time.

The temblors began at around 1:45 a.m. near the city of Chandler, Okla., which is about 30 miles northeast ofOklahoma City, the US Geological Survey reports. An official answering the dispatch line for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office told the Associated Press that they have received no reports of damage or injuries.

Jana Pursley, a USGS geophysicist, told the Associated Press that all the quakes were shallow, measuring about three miles deep, which is common for the area. She added that it is common for several earthquakes to occur during a short period of time.

The most recent quake occurred at 5:16 a.m. nearLuther, Okla., at a magnitude of 4.2. The quakes were felt in Oklahoma City, where the Oklahoma Zootweeted, “that was certainly wild.”

“At this point, it looks like a main shock, aftershock sequence. There are even a bunch of smaller ones,” Austin Holland, a geophysicist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey in Normantold the Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. He is collecting data from Tuesday’s quakes to see if there were more than five.

The Oklahoma Red Cross tweeted that they “are not anticipating damage” from the earthquakes. And although earthquakes east of the Colorado Rockies are infrequent, the Red Cross advises people to know how to react during an earthquake event. Their recommended action:  Drop, cover, and hold on. It’s a message that is part of a larger regional campaign, ShakeOut, which the Red Cross has been advertising in several central US states including Alabama,ArkansasGeorgiaKentuckyIllinoisIndiana,MississippiMissouriSouth Carolina, and Tennessee.

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Iran earthquake, at least 7.7 magnitude, strikes along Iran-Pakistan border

Iran’s Red Crescent said it was facing a ‘complicated emergency situation’ in the area, with at least 46 people in the sparsely populated region killed.

  • TEHRAN, IRAN

    A major earthquake described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century flattened homes and offices Tuesday on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border, killing at least 46 people in the sparsely populated region and swaying skyscrapers and buildings as far away as New Delhi.

People stand outside of their office buildings following an earthquake tremor in Karachi, April 16. An 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck Iran on Tuesday with tremors felt across Pakistan among other regions, media reported.

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 semiofficial ISNA news agency and others described the quake, measured at least magnitude 7.7, as the strongest quake in more than 50 years. State-run Press TV called it a “massive quake.”

It also was the second deadly quake to hit Iran in less than a week after a magnitude 6.1 temblor struck nearBushehr, 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.

Press TV said the quake was centered near Saravan, about 50 kilometers (26 miles) from the Pakistani border. A previous report citing the country’s seismological center placed the strength at magnitude 7.5, but it was apparently revised upward. The U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude at 7.8 and at a depth of 15.2 kilometers (nine miles).

Press TV said least 40 people were killed, but gave no other immediate details on the extent of damage or casualties. State-run Pakistan Television, meanwhile, said at least six people were killed on its side of the border and at least 47 others were injured. Up to 1,000 mud homes were damaged, it added.

The quake was felt over a vast area from New Delhi to Gulf cities that have some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, including the record 828-meter (2,717 -foot) Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Officials ordered temporary evacuations from some high-rises as a precaution.

A resident in the quake zone, Manouchehr Karimi, told The Associated Press by phone that “the quake period was long” and occurred “when many people were at home to take a midday nap.”

Pakistani news channels showed buildings shaking in the southern city of Karachi, where people in panic came out from offices and homes.

In a message posted on TwitterBritish Foreign Secretary William Hague sent condolences to families of those lost in the Iran earthquake.

In 2003, some 26,000 people were killed by a magnitude 6.6 quake that flattened the historic southeastern Iranian city of Bam.

 

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