0139 GMT August 18, 2022
At least five people were killed and 84 others injured after a series of earthquakes rocked southern Iran on Saturday.
Some 30 quakes, including two with a magnitude of 6.1 and 6.3, struck west of the major port city of Bandar Abbas in Hormuzgan Province with the first one hitting at 2 a.m.
The temblors were 10 kilometers deep and caused people to pour out in panic.
The earthquakes were felt in many neighboring countries.
Hormuzgan Governor Mehdi Dousti said the village of Sayeh Khosh, with 300 households, was the hardest hit as half of homes were flattened.
National television showed footage of residential buildings reduced to rubble in Sayeh Khosh, which was near the epicenter.
A local official told IRNA that all of the victims died in the first earthquake and no one was harmed in the next quakes as people were already outside their homes.
Iran’s Red Crescent Society said search and rescue operations had ended and that quick-hit residents had been accommodated in makeshift shelters.
National TV said 150 quakes and tremors had struck western Hormuzgan over the past month.
Major geological fault lines crisscross Iran, which has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years.
A magnitude 7 earthquake that struck western Iran in November 2017 killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000.
In February 2020, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake in northwestern Iran killed nine people.