At least five dead in 6.1-magnitude earthquake on Gulf of Iran coast

DUBAI, July 2 (Reuters) – At least five people were killed and 49 injured in an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale early Saturday in southern Iran, state media reported, and the area was evacuated shortly afterwards. also hit by two powerful earthquakes measuring up to 6.3 on the Richter scale.

About 24 quakes, two measuring 6.3 and 6.1 on the Richter scale, followed the 2 a.m. quake that flattened the village of Sayeh Khosh on Iran’s Gulf Coast in Hormozgan Province. The most recent quake happened around 8 a.m., officials told state television.

“All the victims died in the first earthquake and no one was injured in the next two strong quakes because people were already outside their homes,” said Bandar Lengeh governor Foad Moradzadeh, quoted by state news agency IRNA.

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Emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi told state television that half of the 49 injured had been released from hospitals.

Officials said search and rescue operations had ended.

Saeid Pourzadeh of the Kish Island Crisis Task Force said shipping and flights in the Gulf were not affected by the earthquakes.

According to state television, 150 earthquakes and tremors have hit western Hormozgan in the past month.

Major geological fault lines crisscross Iran, which has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Kerman province killed 31,000 people and flattened the ancient city of Bam.

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Report by the editors of Dubai and Mrinmay Dey in Bengaluru; Editing by Chris Reese, Sandra Maler and Kenneth Maxwell

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