The Southeastern province of Kerman in Iran has been hit by multiple strong earthquakes from the past 2 days. The first tremor was felt on Tuesday morning around 56kms north of Kerman city with a population of over 820,000.
It was initially reported to be of magnitude 6.2, however was revised downward later on.
During the night, earlier the next day, a stronger quake of magnitude 6.0 struck the same area. The latest quake was reported 64 kms north of the province of Kerman just after 1:00am (local time).
There hasn’t been any reports on any injuries, damages or fatalities on the second quake as it occurred during the night. In total yet however there have been 18 injuries and 20 houses have been damaged as reported by the state media.
“Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are extremely vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist,” the service said.
Another quake had hit western Iran on December 11 of 5.4 Magnitude confirmed by USGS in the same region where an earthquake of a massive 7.3 magnitude killed at least 620 people last month according to the latest toll.
The worst earthquake of Iran dates back to 2003 which struck near Bam, destructing the entire ancient culture rich city killing a whopping 31,000. In 1990, a 7.4-magnitude quake in northern Iran killed around 40,000 people, injured 300,000 and left half a million people homeless, reducing hundreds of towns and nearly 2,000 villages to rubble.
Iran has experienced at least two other major disasters in recent years — one in 2005 that killed more than 600 people and another in 2012 that left some 300 dead.
Rivals of President Hassan Rouhani have strongly criticized the government’s response to quake struck last month as too slow and inadequate.
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