An official was quoted as saying, "It was the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years and we are expecting hundreds dead."
According to US Geological Survey, Tuesday's earthquake of 8.0 magnitude on the Richter scale hit at 10:44 GMT at a depth of 15.2 km (9.4 miles). All communications in the region have been disconnected. Rescue operations were carried to help the people who were trapped in the earthquake-hit areas.
Many people in Delhi, Dubai evacuated their office buildings and houses following the tremors which lasted for several seconds. A mild earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale jolted Assam and several parts of North-east India on Tuesday morning.
The quake is said to have occurred at 6:53 am. No reports of any casualties or damage of property has been reported so far. Sources informed that tremors felt across northern India were because of the earthquake in Iran.