(New Scientist) A magnitude 7.8 earthquake has rocked Iran, a week after another major quake struck the country. New Scientist assesses the risks
How bad was today’s earthquake?
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck at 15:14 local time in Sistan and Baluchestan Province in the south-east of the country. A magnitude of 7.8 marks it as a major quake. Tremors were felt as far away as India.
“The earthquake was probably a result of normal faulting within the Arabian plate as it is subducted under the Eurasian plate along the Makran coast of Iran and Pakistan,” says Brian Baptie of the British Geological Survey.