Five killed as strong twin earthquakes rock Iran
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The 6.0 magnitude quake hit 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of the port city of Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan province, the US Geological Survey said. The quake struck just a minute after a 5.7 tremor.
Hormozgan governor Mahdi Dosti said the quakes killed five people and injured 19 others, IRNA reported.
Dosti said most of the damage occurred in the village of Sayeh Khost, close to the epicentre.
Social media is abuzz with people reporting how they felt tremors following the earthquake. According to National Centre for Meteorology (NCM), the earthquake was recorded in southern Iran at 1.32am at a depth of 10km.
Just experienced the mother of all earthquakes and it was one of the longest ones in my 20 years of living in UAE and a really strong one here in Dubai…. #Dubai #earthquake #uae praying for everyone’s safety. May Allah have mercy. pic.twitter.com/iCELmDggIZ— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) July 1, 2022
Situated on the edge of several tectonic plates and crossing various fault lines, Iran is an area of strong seismic activity.
Iran's deadliest quake was a 7.4-magnitude tremor that struck in 1990, killing 40,000 people in the north of the country.