At Least 6 Dead and over 300 Injured after Iran Is Struck by Earthquake

Early Friday a magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked Iran leaving at least six people dead and more than 300 injured.

Besides the deaths and injured people, this devastating phenomenon destroyed 30 homes. Reportedly, when the ground started shaking, many residents ran in fear.

According to the Associated Press, six people dead as a result of the quake, and around 312 have reported being injured.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck around 60km (35 miles) from the town of Hastrud, in East Azerbaijan Province, shortly before 2:30am local time on Friday (2300 GMT Thursday).

Officials told on state TV that rescue crews were dispatched in the area to offer aid to survivors.


Iran and earthquakes

On average, Iran experiences one earthquake per day as it is located on “major seismic faults” the AP reports. In 2017 Iran experienced a significant earthquake that left more than 600 people dead and 9,000 injured.

That earthquake was a magnitude 7. In 2003, the Middle Eastern country experienced a devastating quake that killed 26,000 people.

The magnitude 6.6 earthquake leveled the city of Bam. Even worse, in 1990, the country was struck by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that claimed the lives of between 35,000 and 50,000 people and injured between 60,000 and 105,000.

The U.S. Geological Survey identified Friday’s quake’s epicenter as shallow, noting that it occurred at a depth of 6.2 miles or 10 kilometers below the surface.


Source: Christian Headlines/ Aljazeera


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