DUBAI (Reuters) – At least 25 people were injured Monday when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook southeastern Iran. Only one day after another earthquake, 290 people were injured in the West, reported Iranian media.
"Until now After the earthquake, 25 people were injured when they fled and they went to hospitals in Kerman town," said Majid Saeedi, head of crisis management in the province, the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
Rescue teams were sent to 40 affected villages, said the spokesman for the Red Crescent in Kerman province, Hadi Soltani, told the news agency ISNA.
The US Geological Survey set the magnitude of the quake at 5.5, with its epicenter 37 km east of Kerman Town. He said it was very shallow, at a depth of only 10 km, which would have increased its impact.
It was the fourth earthquake in Iran in two days
On Sunday, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit at least 287 people in western Iran were injured hours after two quakes hit the province of Hormozgan in the south, the state reported News Agency IRNA
Houshang Bazvand, governor of the affected province of Kermanshah, told IRNA that eight of the injured were affected ] The state media reported that the two previous magnitude 4.7 and 5.7 magnitude earthquakes had damaged buildings in some villages without causing death
Morteza Salimi, head of Iran Red Crescent Rescue, said Damage from the two previous quakes seemed to be minor. "Reports indicate that some walls have collapsed, but extensive damage has not been reported," Salimi told IRNA.
Iran is criss-crossed by major geological fault lines and has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years.
7.3 magnitude earthquakes struck the western province of Kermanshah, killing at least 620 people and injuring thousands.
In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake in Kerman province killed 31,000 people and flattened the historic city of Bam.
(Report by Dubai Newsroom, edited by Sandra Maler)