Iran quake blamed for 32 deaths in Pakistan

Tehran, Apr 16 (EFE).- The magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck southeastern Iran on Tuesday did not cause any fatalities on the Iranian side of the border, officials in Tehran said, while authorities in neighboring Pakistan blamed the temblor for 32 deaths.

The temblor occurred at 1044 GMT at a depth of 83 kilometers (52 miles).

The epicenter was located at Saravan near the Iran-Pakistan border.

Though soon after the quake struck the Isna news agency cited the Iranian Red Crescent in reporting the deaths of at least 40 people, the Iranian Red Crescent said hours later that there were no fatalities in the country.

But in Pakistan the earthquake killed at least 23 people and left another 150 injured when around 100 houses collapsed.

The fatalities occurred in Baluchistan province, Faisal-ur-Rehman of Pakistan's National Disaster Management Agency told Efe.

The Radio Pakistan Web site said a total of 39 people died, without mentioning the source of the information.

The earthquake was felt in at least 20 Pakistani cities including Karachi, a metropolis of 18 million inhabitants.

The temblor was also felt in Pakistan's neighbor to the east, India, where no injuries or material damage have been reported.