Updated: 12/16/2017 4:03:28 AM
More than 300 people were killed in Iran when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the country on Sunday, state media said, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area. At least six have died in Iraq as well.
State television said more than 336 people were killed in Iran and at least 3,950 were injured. Local officials said the death toll would rise as search-and-rescue teams reached remote areas of Iran.
Updated: 12/13/2017 4:56:03 AM
Iranian media said another earthquake has jolted today the country's south, followed by several aftershocks. The semi-official ISNA news agency says the magnitude 6.1 temblor rocked the village of Hajdak in the southern province of Kerman in the early hours on Wednesday, about 700 kilometers, or 400 miles, south of Tehran. ISNA says the quake's depth was 10 kilometers, or 6.2 miles, and that 58 people were injured as they ran out of their homes. It says the area was jolted by several aftershocks, ranging in magnitude from 4 to 5.1.
Updated: 12/5/2017 3:03:50 AM
Graham Payne, director of Rapid-UK, said the 20-strong volunteer team in Iran faced the the risk of disease from the corpses and aftershocks.
He said: "It's a horrendous scene. Up to half the city's population is dead, including many of the fire and ambulance workers.
"Most of the emergency equipment has also been destroyed, so there is no infrastructure and no relief centre set up. It is very hard for the rescuers to know where to begin."
Updated: 12/3/2017 2:44:59 AM
British rescuers have begun searching for survivors of the Iranian earthquake as officials predicted the death toll could reach 40,000.
The quake, which registered 6.3 on the Richter scale, flattened an estimated 80% of the the south-east Iranian city, killing tens of thousands and leaving many others homeless or trapped under rubble.
He said: "It's a horrendous scene. Up to half the city's population is dead, including many of the fire and ambulance workers. Most of the emergency equipment has also been destroyed, so there is no infrastructure and no relief centre set up. It is very hard for the rescuers to know where to begin."
Published Friday, December 1, 2017
An earthquake with a magnitude of up to 6.1 has hit eastern Iran near the city of Kerman, seismological centers report.
The earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10km, some 60 km from the city of Kerman, which has a population of over 800,000, including suburbs.
According to the US Geological Survey, up to 70.4million people would have felt the earthquake, including 239,000 who may have experienced “very strong” to “severe” shaking.
There have so far been no reports of casualties or destruction in this particular case.
The 6.0 quake was quickly followed by a 5.0 aftershock slightly closer to Kerman, at the same depth.
The most destructive recent earthquake hit Iran on November 12, next to the border with Iraq. That quake killed over 500 and injuring more than 8,000 people in both countries. The 7.3 magnitude quake was the deadliest in 2017.
American geologists have recently published a report predicting that the number of powerful earthquakes will spike in 2018, especially along the Equator, putting at risk some 1 billion people living in the volatile area.
Iran earthquake Facts
Affected Area: 1000 km.
Alert Level: Orange