Iran: Five people lost their life and at least 12 are injured in a 6.1-magnitude earthquake in southern Iran early on Saturday, state media reported.
The region was hit by two strong quakes later of up to 6.3 magnitude.
State news agency IRNA said a 6.3-magnitude earthquake and a 6.1-magnitude quake followed the first 6.1-magnitude quake that flattened the village of Sayeh Khosh near Iran’s Gulf coast. There were more than a dozen aftershocks.
Mehrdad Hassanzadeh, head of emergency management in Hormozgan Province on Iran’s Gulf coast was quoted by told state TV that “five people have died in the earthquake and so far 12 are hospitalized.”
“Rescue work has been carried out and we are now providing tents as emergency housing.”
“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.