Iranian state television said on Tuesday (April 16) at least 40 people were killed when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Islamic state near the border withPakistanon Tuesday.

The news anchor on Press TV said at least 40 people had been killed.

Tremors from the quake were also felt inIndia and Gulf states.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake hit at 10:44 GMT at a depth of 15.2 km (9.4 miles).

The epicentre was insoutheast Iranin an area of mountains and desert, 201 km (125 miles) southeast of Zahedan and 250 km northwest of Turbat inPakistan, USGS said.

An earthquake killed 37 people in Iran on April 9. Earlier in the day two smaller tremors were felt inIndia's Himalayan region close to the Chinese border.

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