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Scenes from aftermath of earthquake that killed 35 in Pakistan

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 00:35

April 18 - Several buildings are left in ruins in Pakistan where at least 35 people were killed after a powerful quake on Tuesday hit the border area of neighboring Iran. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A powerful earthquake struck a border area of southeast Iran on Tuesday killing at least 35 people in neighboring Pakistan, destroying hundreds of houses and shaking buildings as far away as India and Gulf Arab states. Communications with the sparsely-populated desert and mountain region were largely cut off, making it difficult to assess Iranian casualties. But an Iranian provincial governor later said there were no reports of deaths there so far. Pakistani officials said at least 30 people were killed and 150 injured in the town of Mashkeel in the south-western Pakistani province of Baluchistan, which borders Iran. Video footage shot by Reuters in Mashkeel on Thursday (April 18) showed collapsed buildings and debris strewn across the ground. Pakistan's army said it had deployed troops and helicopters to ferry tents, medicines and medical teams to Mashkeel. The U.S. Geological Survey, in a revised bulletin, said the quake hit at 1044 GMT at a depth of 82 km (51 miles). The epicenter was 198 km (123 miles) southeast of the city of Zahedan and 250 km northwest of Turbat in Pakistan. It was the second big quake to hit Iran in a week. On April 9, a powerful 6.3 magnitude quake struck close to the Bushehr nuclear power station, killing 37 people, injuring 850 and devastating two villages. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran's nuclear authority had informed it that there was no damage to the Bushehr power plant or other facilities.

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Scenes from aftermath of earthquake that killed 35 in Pakistan

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 00:35