TEHRAN — A powerful earthquake hit southeastern Iran near Pakistan on Tuesday, but the extent of damage and casualties was not immediately clear.
Iranian state television initially reported at least 40 people had died in the quake, which Iranian seismologists estimated at magnitude 7.7. But authorities later said no one was known to have died in Iran. State TV said 27 people had been injured.
The quake struck at 3:14 p.m. local time, with its epicenter in Saravan, an isolated region not far from Iran's borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan. The U.S. Geological Survey registered the quake at a magnitude of 7.8.
The Associated Press, citing Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency, said the quake was the strongest in Iran in more than half a century.