Tehran (AFP) – A strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Iran early Sunday near the border with Iraq, killing two people and injuring more than 250, officials said.
The shallow earthquake struck 26 kilometers (1
The governor of Kermanshah, Houshang Bazvand, told state broadcaster IRIB that two people were killed and 255 injured. 19659004] Samuel Sharidari, the head of the emergency room at Kermanshah Medical University, said the two dead were a pregnant woman and a 70-year-old man who had a heart attack.
The state news agency IRNA quoted local officials He said electricity had been cut in 70 villages, but that it had been restored to at least 50 by dawn.
She added that there were more than 65 aftershocks.  Bazvand said at least 500 buildings had been destroyed
There were potential problems with drinking water due to damaged infrastructure in the villages, but local Red Crescent chief Mohammad Reza Amirian said it was not necessary to have food and tents to distribute.  A crisis center was set up to alert hospitals and aid organizations.
But local crisis management director Reza Mahmoudian told The News Agency that "the situation was under control and no call for help had taken place
There were reports that the earthquake hit far beyond the Iraqi border was.
Images on social media showed that people were taken to hospitals, but indicated relatively little damage to the infrastructure.
Iran sits on two large tectonic plates and sees frequent seismic activity.
Kermanshah is still recovering from a devastating 7.3 magnitude quake that killed last November and killed 620 people in the province and another eight people in Iraq.
More than 12,000 people were injured and 30,000 houses damaged during the quake, resulting in a large number of homeless people in the mountainous region at the beginning of the cold season.
Local Authorities Say Estimated Costs Reconstruction would be billions of dollars at a time when Iran is struggling with a worsening economic downturn.
There was some criticism that much of the new social housing was being built as part of a plan propagated by former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
President Hassan Rouhani said those responsible would be held accountable.
The deadliest earthquake in Iran in recent years was a magnitude 6.6 earthquake that hit the southeast in 2003 and the ancient mudbrick decimated city of Bam and killing at least 31,000 people.
In 1990, a 7.4 magnitude quake in northern Iran killed 40,000 people, injured 300,000, and left behind half a million homeless people, destroying dozens of cities and devastating nearly 2,000 villages.
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