Four quakes strike Iran, 2 killed, 310 injured

 Monday, August 27, 2018 


Indonesia struck by 6.6 magnitude quakeIranian state media reported that four earthquakes, including one of magnitude 6, shook temblor-prone western parts of the country on Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring 310.

The earthquakes in the Kermanshah province come as some still remain homeless after a major 7.3 magnitude earthquake in November struck the same region, killing over 530 people.

On Sunday, the quakes began after 2:30 a.m. with the magnitude 6 striking near the city of Javanrud, some 460 kilometers (285 miles) west of the capital, Tehran. There were then three apparent aftershocks until sunrise, all at least of magnitude 4.

State television aired images of bricks and masonry that smashed a sedan, shattered glass filling a stairwell and cracks in walls. It said every city in Kermanshah province felt the initial temblor.

At least two people were killed, according to state television, including a pregnant woman and a 70-year-old man.

Authorities said rescue teams had been deployed to the area. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli planned to travel there Monday. President Hassan Rouhani ordered him to provide immediate relief to the earthquake-stricken region.

Iran sits on major fault lines and is prone to near-daily earthquakes. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

The almost entirely Kurdish province of Kermanshah is nestled in the Zagros Mountains along the border with Iraq.

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