At least six people in Pakistan and 40 people in Iran were killed following a major 7.8-magnitude earthquake today that hit a region near the Iran-Pakistan border.
The epicenter of the quake was in southeastern Iran, in a sparsely-populated area of mountains and desert. Today's event was the largest earthquake in Iran in four decades; an earlier quake last week, on April 9, killed 37 people. That 6.1-magnitude quake was recorded southeast of Bushehr, the site of a nuclear power station. That quake killed 37 people and injured 850.
Today's quake was felt as far away as India.
Aftershocks may be felt for days or weeks following a high magnitude earthquake such as today's quake.
CWS is monitoring the situation and may respond to needs, particularly in Pakistan, if required. However, CWS does not anticipate a major response to this disaster.
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