Quake hits Iran's southeastern province

Violet Powell
December 13, 2017

Iran's southeastern province of Kerman was hit by at least two strong quakes on December 12 and 13, injuring at least 18 people and damaging around 20 buildings, state media reported.

The epicentre of the quake, which was felt in Iran's Kermanshah province, was at a depth of 10 km, 35.066 degrees north latitude and 45.795 degrees east longitude in the Iraqi border city of Halubcah, Xinhua news agency reported.

Iran's worst quake in recent years was a 6.6-magnitude tremor that struck near Bam in 2003, decimating the ancient city and killing at least 31,000 people.

"Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are extremely vulnerable to natural disaster shaking, though some resistant structures exist", the service said.

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"The rescue teams present in the region have not reported any casualties or damage yet", the head of rescue operations for the Red Crescent told state broadcaster IRINN.

No deaths have been reported but 18 people were injured, state media said. The 20 damaged buildings were mostly older structures, state media reported. The pictures showed collapsed mud brick walls.

Later Tuesday, the USGS reported another quake in the region, a 6.0-magnitude temblor about 65 kilometres from Kernan.

Iran is prone to near-daily earthquakes because it sits on major fault lines.

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