Iran: 6.5 magnitude earthquake about 47 km from the city of Bandar Abbas

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Two powerful earthquakes shook southern Iran today near the port of Bandar Abbas, state television said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or severe damage, according to a local official.

“Two earthquakes measuring 6.3 and 6.4 on the Richter scale shook southern Iran. No casualties have been reported so far,” state television said, citing local officials.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) determined the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.5, revising its previous estimate of 6.1, with a focal depth of about ten kilometers.

“The quake affected several Iranian cities in Ormozgan province,” an official told Iranian state television, adding that rescue teams had been deployed in the area.

The quake was felt in Dubai Bay, according to some residents. “It was felt in the north and east of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) without any problems,” the UAE National Meteorological Center said in a Twitter post.

“A man has died after an electric pole fell on him,” state television quoted local officials as saying.

Iran, due to the geological background of its faults, has been hit by several catastrophic earthquakes in recent years.

With information from ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ


Source From: Capital

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