6.1-magnitude quake jolts Iran, kills 5
Published: 11:45 AM, 2 July 2022 Updated: 01:25 PM, 2 July 2022
Earthquake; Representational Photo
At least five people have been killed in a powerful earthquake in southern Iran. Another 12 people were injured in the incident.
The quake struck in the country’s Hormozgan province early Saturday, local time.
According to Iranian state television, the magnitude of the quake that struck the country was 6.1 on the Richter scale. “Unfortunately, so far, we have received reports of three dead and eight injured,” said Mehrdad Hassanzadeh, head of emergency management in Hormozgan province.
Although the Iranian media reported that the magnitude of the earthquake is 6.1, European Mediterranean Earthquake Center (EMSC) informed that the magnitude was 6.2 and the epicenter was 10 km below the surface.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) also said the quake had a magnitude of 6 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was reported at 33 km from the port city of Khamir in Iran’s Hormozgan province.
The quake affected Iran, as well as neighboring Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the USGS said.
A few days ago, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. No casualties were reported in Pakistan, but more than 1,000 people were killed in Afghanistan.
The worst-hit province was Paktika in Afghanistan. More than 3,000 houses were completely destroyed there. More than 2,500 people were injured.
The earthquakes hit people on June 22 in the morning while they were asleep and most of the houses in the hilly region are believed to have been damaged due to landslides.