A 22-year-old man died after an electric pole fell on his head. Azizullah Konari, Wali of Bandar Abbas, reported this to Iranian state television. The quake was felt in several cities in southern Iran, in Hormozgan province.
The earthquakes also hit Qeshm Island, about 1,000 km south of the Iranian capital, Tehran, this afternoon. The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reported scores of 6.4 and 6.3. The strongest earthquake reached a depth of 18 km. The region was also subjected to several aftershocks with a magnitude of 4.5.
Residents took to the streets in fear of the earthquake. Mehdi Doosti, the governor of Hormozgan province, said people were asked to leave their homes due to the aftershocks. According to state television, the number of wounded rose to 47. Seven of them were taken to hospital. A spokesman for the country’s emergency department, Mojtaba Khalidi, called on people to be careful for at least two days.
Pictures and videos of earthquakes and damage can be seen on Iranian social media, including a wall that collapsed on a car.
Iran experiences an average of one earthquake per day. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake devastated the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. An earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale in western Iran in 2017, killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000.
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