Iran sends rescuers after two earthquakes rock southern province

Two strong earthquakes hit Iran’s Hormozgan province in the Gulf, prompting authorities to send search and rescue teams to the affected areas.

The quakes were of magnitude 5.7 and 5.8, Iranian state media reported.

“We have not yet received any reports of serious damage. But large areas have been hit by these earthquakes and assessment work is continuing,” chief Mokhtar Salahshour told state television. of the Red Crescent of the province of Hormozgan.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Center said an earthquake had a magnitude of 5.5.

The quake hit southern Iran on Saturday, at a depth of 10 kilometers and 103 kilometers southwest of the city of Bandar Abbas, the EMSC said.

The UAE National Meteorological Center said the tremor was felt in several parts of the UAE but there was no damage.

Since May 31, a series of earthquakes hit the same region of Iran and were also felt in the United Arab Emirates.

One person was killed in November last year when Hormozgan province was hit by twin earthquakes of magnitude 6.4 and 6.3.

In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake destroyed the town of Bam, killing 26,000 people. In 2017, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the border region between Iran and Iraq, killing 600 people and injuring more than 9,000.

The deadliest 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck northern Iran in 1990, killing 40,000 people and injuring 300,000. At least 500,000 were left homeless.

Since 1900, at least 126,000 people have died in Iran as a result of earthquakes.

Updated: July 23, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

Joan J. Holland