Tehran: Iranian state TV says at least 40 people have been killed by a major earthquake near the Iran-Pakistan border on Tuesday.
    
Press TV gave no further details on the extent of damage in the sparsely populated areas. But the quake shook buildings as far away as New Delhi and Gulf cities of Dubai and Bahrain.
    
Iran's seismological center said the 7.5 magnitude earthquake was centered near Saravan, a sparsely populated area about 48 kilometres from the Pakistani border. The US Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude at 7.8 and at a depth of 15.2 kilometres.
    
The quake struck less than a week after a 6.1 magnitude quake hit near Bushehr, on Iran's Persian Gulf coast, killing at least 37 people.

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The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 10:44 GMT at a depth of 15.2 km (9.4 miles). The epicenter was in southeast Iran in an area of mountains and desert. It was located 201 km (125 miles) southeast of the Iranian city of Zahedan and 250 km northwest of Turbat in Pakistan, USGS said.

Tall buildings shook in India's capital New Delhi, sending people running into the streets, witnesses said. People also evacuated shaking buildings in Qatar and Dubai, residents said.

A powerful 6.3 magnitude quake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station on April 9, killing 37 people and injuring 850 as it destroyed homes and devastated two villages.

Iran's nuclear power plant unaffected: Russia

Iran's Russian-built nuclear power plant at Bushehr was not affected by the country's powerful earthquake and continues its operations as normal, a spokesman for the Russian state nuclear corporation said.
    
The Bushehr nuclear power plant on the Gulf is located some 950 kilomtres (590 miles) west of Khash, a town near the epicentre of what Iran said was a 7.5 magnitude quake.
    
"A representative at the site said they did not even feel the tremors," Rosatom spokesman Sergei Novikov said.
    
"The epicentre was far away from Bushehr." Built by Russia despite initial protests from Israel and the United States, Bushehr began adding electricity to the Iranian power grid in 2011.

Most of Iran's nuclear-related facilities are located in central Iran or its west, including the Bushehr nuclear power plant on the Gulf coast. A US Institute for Science and International Security map did not show any nuclear-linked facilities in southeastern Iran close to Pakistan.

JPN/Agencies

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