Published on : Wednesday, April 5, 2017
A 6.1 magnitude temblor struck north-eastern Iran near the holy city of Mashhad on Wednesday, killing at least two people as residents fled their homes to the streets as aftershocks continued to reverberate in the region.
The shallow quake damaged at least four villages near its epicenter in the Sefid Sang district, a remote mountainous area home to 5,000 people, situated about 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Mashhad, a state-owned English-language TV channel reported. It said rescue teams and helicopters had already been deployed in Iran’s Khorasan Razavi province to assess the damage.
Semi-official Iranian news agencies posted videos online of panicked people in the streets, items falling off store shelves and photos of damaged buildings.
The TV channel reported at least two people were killed and 11 people were injured. Mobile phone service and landline telephone lines were disrupted by the quake.
State media described the depth of the quake as only 10 kilometres (6.2 miles). Either a shallow earthquakes and or a magnitude 6 temblor on its own can cause serious damage.
Iran sits on a series of seismic fault lines and experiences one slight quake a day on an average. In 2003, some 26,000 people were killed by a gnitude 6.6 quake that flattened the historic south-eastern city of Bam.
The U.S. Geological Survey also described the temblor as 6.1 on the Richter scale, saying it had a depth of only 13 kilometres (8 miles).