At least five killed due to quake in Southern Iran


At least five people were killed, and 49 injured by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in southern Iran early on Saturday, with the area also hit soon after by two strong quakes of up to 6.3 magnitude.

The state media reported.

Some 24 tremors, two with a magnitude of 6.3 and 6.1, followed the 2 a.m. (1:30 a.m. UAE time) quake that flattened the village of Sayeh Khosh near Iran's Gulf coast in Hormozgan province. The most recent tremor occurred around 8 a.m. (7:30 a.m. UAE time), officials told state TV.

"All of the victims died in the first earthquake, and no one was harmed in the next two as people were already outside their homes," said Foad Moradzadeh, governor of Bandar Lengeh country, quoted by the state news agency IRNA.

Emergency services spokesperson Mojtaba Khaledi told state TV that half of the 49 people injured had been discharged from hospitals.

Officials said search and rescue operations had ended.

Saeid Pourzadeh of the Kish island crisis task force said Gulf shipping and flights had not been affected by the quakes.

State TV said 150 quakes and tremors had struck western Hormozgan over the past month.

Major geological fault lines crisscross Iran, which has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake in Kerman province killed 31,000 people and flattened the ancient city of Bam.

Tremors were also felt in parts of the UAE. Although no damage was reported, some residents did need to evacuate their buildings as a safety measure and took to social media to post about their experience. 

More from International News

  • Prosecutors oppose release of Trump evidence

    The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) said on Monday it opposes unsealing the affidavit that prosecutors used to obtain a federal judge's approval to search former President Donald Trump's Florida home, where they seized classified documents.

  • Mexico mine rescue attempt frustrated again

    Mexico's efforts to save 10 miners who became trapped in a flooded coal mine 13 days ago hit another setback as underground water levels have surged higher, officials said.

  • Giuliani targeted in Georgia election probe

    Rudy Giuliani, former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer who helped lead challenges to the 2020 election results, said on Monday that he is a target in a criminal probe in Georgia examining attempts by Trump and his allies to overturn the election.

  • Kenya's Ruto declared president-elect in chaotic scenes

    Kenya's elections chief declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner of a tight presidential race on Monday.