TEHRAN, Iran – Five people were killed and 44 injured in an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale in southern Iran on Saturday, Iranian state TV reported.
The report said rescue teams were deployed near the epicenter, the village of Sayeh Khosh, home to about 300 people in Hormozgan province, about 620 miles south of the capital, Tehran.
People took to the streets as aftershocks continued to hit the area after the early morning quake, which destroyed buildings and infrastructure.
The report stated that many neighboring countries felt the earthquake.
The region has witnessed several moderate earthquakes in recent weeks. In November, a man died after two earthquakes of magnitude 6.4 and 6.3.
Iran lies on large seismic faults and experiences an average of one earthquake per day. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. A magnitude 7 earthquake struck western Iran in 2017, killing more than 600 people and injuring more than 9,000.