More than 500 injured as 5.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Iran

The quake and also its aftershocks harmed 500 homes in 12 damaged towns, ‘totally ruining’ 50 of them

A 5.4 size quake in northwestern Iran harmed greater than 500 individuals very early Wednesday– a lot of them gently, state media reported.

” The quake that struck at a deepness of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) in West Azerbaijan district has actually harmed 528 individuals, 135 of whom have actually been confessed to health center,” the area’s guv Mohammad Sadegh Motamedian informed state tv.

The quake and also its aftershocks “harmed 500 homes, totally ruining 50 of them, in 12 damaged towns,” he included.

State tv broadcast video footage of shops harmed and also houses damaged in the 3:30 am (0000 GMT) quake.

National emergency situation solutions representative Mojtaba Khaledi informed the state broadcaster that “electrical power and also water have actually been reduced in some towns” near the cities of Salmas and also Khoy, which exist close to the epicentre of the quake.

Iran rests astride the limits of a number of significant structural plates and also experiences regular seismic task.

Iran’s most dangerous quake was a 7.4-magnitude trembling in 1990 that eliminated 40,000 individuals, harmed 300,000 and also left half a million homeless.

In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake in southeastern Iran levelled the old mud-brick city of Bam and also eliminated a minimum of 31,000 individuals.

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