At least 40 dead after 7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Iran: Reports

At least 40 people reportedly died after a major earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck Tuesday near the Iran-Pakistan border. Tremors were also felt in India and Gulf states. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 10:44 GMT at a depth of 15.2 km. People in the city of Zahedan poured into the streets when the earthquake struck, reports claimed. All communications in the area were cut. Rescue teams were dispatched to the affected area. Reportedly, the epicenter was in southeast Iran in an area of mountains and desert, 201 km (125 miles) southeast of Zahedan and 250 km northwest of Turbat in Pakistan.