Casualties reported and hundreds injured in Iran earthquake

Casualties reported and hundreds injured in Iran earthquake

November 8, 2019 By mediabest

Tehran: A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck north-western Iran early on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 300 others, officials said.

The temblor struck Tark county in Iran's Eastern Azerbaijan province at 2.17am local time, Iran's seismological centre said. The area is some 400 kilometers northwest of Iran's capital, Tehran.

Iran was on Friday hit by a severe earthquake. A massive quake in Sarpol-e-Zahab, western Iran, in 2017 killed more than three hundred people.Credit:AP

Over 40 aftershocks rattled the rural region nestled in the Alborz Mountains, and residents rushed out of their homes in fear. The quake injured at least 312 people, state television reported, though only 13 needed to be hospitalised. It described many of the injuries happening when people fled in panic.

There were no immediate video or images broadcast from the area.

The head of Iran's emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand, gave the casualty figures to state television. There were no immediate video or images broadcast from the area.

Rescuers have been dispatched to the region, officials said. It wasn't clear how extensive damage was.

The US Geological Survey said the quake's epicentre was at a depth of 10 kilometres. Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage.

Iran is on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake a day on average. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

A magnitude 7 earthquake that struck western Iran in 2017 killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9000.

AP

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