Earthquake of magnitude 6.4 hits Iran, 1 killed, 47 injured …



Digital Desk, Tehran. An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale shook Iran. More than 17 aftershocks were felt after the quake in which one person was killed and 47 others were injured. This information has come out from the official media report.

The 6.4-magnitude quake originated near the small inland city of Finn at 3.37 pm on Sunday, Xinhua news agency quoted the Iranian Seismological Center (ISC) as saying in a monitoring report. Less than two minutes later, a 6.3-magnitude aftershock occurred, very close to the same location in the southern province of Hormozgan. Eight of the 17 earthquakes recorded by the ISC in the next five hours after the first tremor were between 4 and 4.5 on the Richter scale.

According to the Iranian Red Crescent (IRC), a 22-year-old girl died after falling from an electric pole in Bandar Abbas, the capital of Hormozgan province. A spokesman for Hormozgan Medical University told local media on Sunday night that 47 people were injured. Mokhtar Salahpour, head of the IRC in Hormozgan, said equipment needed for emergency accommodation was deployed in parks, schools and sports halls for the night and items such as blankets and tents were sent to the affected areas.

Hormozgan governor Mehdi Dousti said some animals in Finn were killed in the earthquake and traffic had to be restricted in Hormozgan, Kerman and many parts of Fars. Access to electricity, telephone and internet services has been disrupted for many in the affected areas.

(IANS)



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