12 people injured after quake jolts Iran – report

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake jolts Iran

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — At least 12 people were injured after a moderately strong earthquake jolted Iran on Monday, according to Iranian media.

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck Khuzestan and Chaharmahal and Kakhtiari provinces early on Monday, Semi-official news agency Tasnim reported.

The news agency said the quake damaged 223 villages in Bazoft district in Chaharmahal and Kakhtiari province.

At least 12 people were slightly injured due to earthquake, which occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to Tasnim.

Governor of Andika Amrollah Nozari told state news agency IRNA that a number of houses in the ancient areas and villages were damaged by quake.

Some people were also injured based on initial reports, he said.

Crisscrossed by major fault lines, Iran is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. 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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