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Saturday Jul 02 2022
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Reuters

At least five killed in magnitude 6.1 quake on Iran Gulf coast

By
Reuters
Image of Broken wall in Hormozgan Province, Iran. Photo— screen grab of video/Twitter
Image of Broken wall in Hormozgan Province, Iran. Photo— screen grab of video/Twitter

  • There were more than a dozen aftershocks, says state news agency.
  • Rescue work has been started, says head of emergency in Hormozgan Province.
  • Following the quake in Iran, Dubai, Sharjah and adjoining areas also felt tremors.


DUBAI: At least five people were killed by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in southern Iran early on Saturday, state media reported, with the area also hit by two later strong quakes of up to 6.3 magnitude.

"Five people have died in the earthquake and so far 12 are hospitalised," Mehrdad Hassanzadeh, head of emergency management in Hormozgan Province on Iran's Gulf coast, told state TV. "Rescue work has been carried out and we are now providing tents as emergency housing."

The state news agency IRNA said a magnitude 6.3 earthquake and a magnitude 6.1 quake followed the 6.1 quake that flattened the village of Sayeh Khosh near Iran's Gulf coast. There were more than a dozen aftershocks.

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

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 felt in parts of UAE

Following the quake in Iran, resident of Dubai, Sharjah and adjoining areas also felt the tremors, however no loss of life or property damage reported yet.