Iran 5.9 magnitude earthquake kills at least 5, injures 300November 8, 2019
Iran earthquake kills five and injures more than 300 as people flee their homes after 5.9-magnitude tremor
- The quake struck the north-west of Iran in the early hours of Friday morning
- Another 40 aftershocks rattled the rural region in the Alborz Mountains
- Emergency services said at least five people were dead and 312 were injured
At least five people have died and 300 others have been injured after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck Iran in the early hours of this morning.
The quake struck Tark county in the north-west of the country, 250 miles from Tehran, shortly after 2am on Friday.
Over 40 aftershocks rattled the rural region nestled in the Alborz Mountains, and residents rushed out of their homes in fear.
At least 312 people have been injured, although only 13 of them needed treatment in hospital, according to state TV.
Epicenter: A map showing the location of the earthquake in the north-west of Iran this morning which has killed at least five people and injured more than 300 people
Many of the injuries occurred in the panicked aftermath of the quake as people fled their homes, it is believed.
The head of Iran’s emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand, gave the casualty figures to state television.
Rescuers have been dispatched to the region, officials said, with 30 homes reportedly destroyed at the epicenter of the quake.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was at a depth of 6.2 miles. 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 7.0 earthquake that struck western Iran in 2017 killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000.
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