Pakistan bears brunt of Iranian earthquake, 13 killed

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake that struck a border area of southeast Iran killed at least 13 people in neighboring Pakistan on Tuesday, destroying hundreds of houses and shaking buildings as far away as India and Gulf Arab states.

Communications with the area, a sparsely populated desert and mountain region, were largely cut and hindered preliminary reports of casualties in Iran. An Iranian provincial governor later said there were no reports of deaths there so far.

The epicenter was far from any of Iran's nuclear facilities but the quake, the second large one in Iran in a week, served as a reminder of how tremor-prone the region is, a factor behind concerns about safety at Iran's only nuclear power plant.
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