Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Strong earthquakes kill five in southern Iran

A series of strong earthquakes shook southern Iran on Saturday, killing at least five people, injuring more than 90 others and destroying an entire town.

The quake, including a magnitude 6.0 earthquake, struck west of the major port city of Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan province, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The first hit an area north of the town of Dezhgan shortly after 02:00 (2130 GMT), before a 5.7 quake struck two hours later, quickly followed by the second earthquake of 6.0, the USGS said.

Five people have been killed, Hormozgan Governor Mehdi Dousti was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

Dousti told state television that the village of Sayeh Khosh, near the epicenter, had been “completely destroyed”.

Ninety-three people were injured, only seven of whom are still in hospital for treatment, “Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesperson for national emergency services, told state television.

The broadcaster showed footage of residential buildings reduced to rubble in Sayeh Khosh, which was plunged into a power outage in darkness.

In another video, a family was seen sifting through debris and trying to retrieve their belongings, while a woman was heard screaming in the background.

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Ambulances and other vehicles tried to navigate debris-covered roads while shocked residents wandered through the streets.

People spent the night outdoors in the provincial capital of Bandar Abbas – with a population of more than 500,000, located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the epicenter – while long queues formed at gas stations there, state media reported .

Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi visited Hormozgan province and told state television that the restoration of water and electricity were among the government’s top priorities.

– History of deadly earthquakes –

Iran’s Red Crescent Society said on Monday morning that search and rescue operations were almost over.

“We are concentrating on housing the victims of the earthquake,” Hormozgan Governor Dousti told state television.

A provincial heritage official told IRNA the quake damaged 50 historic windmills on Qeshm Island, just off the coast.

Iran sits across the borders of several large tectonic plates and experiences regular seismic activity.

The Islamic Republic’s deadliest earthquake was a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in 1990 that killed 40,000 people in the north, injured 300,000 and left half a million homeless.

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In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in southeastern Iran leveled the ancient mudstone city of Bam, killing at least 31,000 people.

In November 2017, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah killed 620 people.

In December 2019 and January 2020, two earthquakes occurred near Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Iran’s Arab Gulf neighbors have expressed concern about the reliability of the country’s only nuclear power plant, which supplies 1,000 megawatts of power, and the risk of radioactive leaks in the event of a major earthquake.

In February 2020, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake in northwestern Iran killed nine people, including children, in neighboring Turkey, injuring dozens on both sides of the border.

One person was killed in November last year when Hormozgan province was hit by quakes measuring 6.4 and 6.3 on the Richter scale.

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