Home

Twin earthquakes have jolted the south of Iran, killing at least one person and injuring 30, state media reports. The initial 5.5-magnitude quake damaged buildings, burying people under rubble.

It struck on Thursday morning in the town of Bastak, around 1,200 kilometers from Tehran at 3.13 GMT, the US Geological Survey reported. The subsequent aftershock measured over 4.3 on the Richter scale.

The quakes caused havoc in the region, which has around 50,000 inhabitants. Some buildings collapsed in the tremors with at least three people trapped by falling rubble. Local officials said that out of the 30 injured, 16 are remaining in hospital for further treatment.

Non-profit group the Red Crescent is currently assessing the extent of the damage to the area.

Iran is one of the world’s most seismically active countries and is crisscrossed by several major fault lines that cover around 90 percent of its territory. The country experiences tremors on a daily basis, but these are rarely felt because they are so weak.

The southern region of Iran was hit by one of the most destructive earthquakes in the country’s history in 2003 when a powerful 6.6-magnitude quake decimated the city of Bam. Around 26,000 people were killed in thenatural disaster, while a further 30,000 were injured.

Advertisements

tell us what you think

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s