At least 170 injured after moderate earthquakes hit northeastern, southern Iran

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TEHRAN (BNO NEWS) — At least 170 people were injured and scores of homes were damaged after a moderate earthquake struck northeastern Iran on late Friday afternoon, officials said. A second earthquake, in the country’s south, struck on Saturday.

The first earthquake at 6.20 p.m. local time (1350 GMT) on Friday, with a strength of 5.7 on the Richter scale, was centered approximately 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) from Torbat-e Heydarieh, a city in the country’s Razavi Khorasan province. It struck about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) deep, making it a very shallow earthquake, according to the Iranian Seismological Center.


The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the strength of the earthquake at 5.6 on the Richter scale.

The USGS estimated that around 164,000 people likely perceived ‘very strong’ shaking as a result of the earthquake, which could potentially result in moderate to heavy damage. “Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist,” it said.

The agency further estimated that around 50,000 people likely perceived strong shaking, while around 4.5 million others likely perceived light to moderate shaking.

The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that the earthquake, which lasted around 10 seconds, damaged scores of homes in dozens of villages and left at least 170 people injured. Widespread outages were also reported, but no deaths.

The Iranian Red Crescent Society said more than 150 people were injured, but said most of them were treated on the scene. The organization said only two of the injured were taken to a hospital in the city of Mashhad due to the severity of their injuries.

SATURDAY EARTHQUAKE

On Saturday, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake at 11.22 a.m. local time (0652 GMT) struck approximately 19 kilometers (11.8 miles) from Negar in the country’s Kermān Province. It struck about 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the Iranian Seismological Center.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the strength of the earthquake at 5.3 on the Richter scale.

It was not immediately clear if Saturday’s earthquake caused any damage or casualties, but small and moderate earthquakes sometimes cause heavy damage in certain parts of the country due to poor construction.

In November 2009, a light 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, injuring more than 700 people.

And in 2003, at least 25,000 people where killed when a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck near Bam in Kerman province of southeastern Iran.

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