Dubai, United Arab Emirates – At least five people were killed in an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale in southern Iran early Saturday morning, state media reported. Two other strong earthquakes later hit the area.
Mehrdad Hassanzadeh, head of emergency management in Hormozgan province on Iran’s Persian Gulf coast, told Iranian state television that 12 people had been taken to hospital, in addition to the five who died. “Rescue work has been carried out, and we are now providing tents for emergency housing,” he said.
The official IRNA news agency said the first earthquake, which severely damaged the village of Sayeh Khosh near the coast, was followed by two more earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.3 and 6.1. There were more than ten aftershocks.
USGS Gave different numbers. It added that the first earthquake had a magnitude of 6.0 and that the two subsequent earthquakes had a magnitude of 5.7 and 6.0.
“All the victims were killed in the first earthquake, and no one was hurt in the next two because people were already outside their homes,” IRNA news agency quoted Fuad Moradzadeh, the governor of Bandar Lengeh province, as saying.
The tremors were felt in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Major geological fault lines intersect in Iran, which has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake in Kerman province killed tens of thousands of people and flattened the ancient city of Bam.
Irene Mendel Contributed to reporting from Seoul.