Five people died following two strong quakes in Iran – state TV

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Five people died and 49 were injured after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit southern Iran early on Saturday, according to the state news agency (IRNA).

IRNA reported, that at least two straight earthquakes battered Sayeh Khosh village near Iran’s Gulf coast in Hormozgan province, five people were killed and 49 injured at 2 a.m. local time by the first quake’s magnitude 6.1

Meanwhile, at 8 a.m., another quake hit the area again but this time with no casualties, as IRNA cited officials

“All of the victims died in the first earthquake and no one was harmed in the next two severe quakes as people were already outside their homes,” said Foad Moradzadeh, governor of Bandar Lengeh country, quoted by the state news agency IRNA.

Emergency services spokesperson Mojtaba Khaledi told state TV that half of the 49 people injured had been discharged from hospitals.

Officials said search and rescue operations had ended.

Saeid Pourzadeh of the Kish island crisis task force said Gulf shipping and flights had not been affected by the quakes.

State TV said 150 quakes and tremors had struck western Hormozgan over the past month.

Major geological fault lines crisscross Iran, which has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake in Kerman province killed 31,000 people and flattened the ancient city of Bam.

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