At least five killed in magnitude 6.1 quake on Iran Gulf coast

Officials said search and rescue operations had ended.

A man reacts as he looks at a damaged building following an earthquake in Iran (photo credit: REUTERS/TASNIM NEWS AGENCY)
A man reacts as he looks at a damaged building following an earthquake in Iran
(photo credit: REUTERS/TASNIM NEWS AGENCY)

At least five people were killed and 49 injured by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in southern Iran early on Saturday, state media reported, with the area also hit soon after by two strong quakes of up to 6.3 magnitude.

Some 24 tremors, two with a magnitude of 6.3 and 6.1, followed the 2 a.m. local time quake that flattened the village of Sayeh Khosh near Iran's Gulf coast in Hormozgan province. The most recent tremor occurred around 8 a.m., officials told state TV.

"All of the victims died in the first earthquake and no-one was harmed in the next two severe quakes as people were already outside their homes," said Foad Moradzadeh, governor of Bandar Lengeh country, quoted by the state news agency IRNA.

Emergency services spokesperson Mojtaba Khaledi told state TV that half of the 49 people injured had been discharged from hospitals.

"All of the victims died in the first earthquake and no-one was harmed in the next two severe quakes as people were already outside their homes."

Foad Moradzadeh, governor of Bandar Lengeh country

Officials said search and rescue operations had ended.

A damaged car is seen under the ruins, after an earthquake hit the Varankesh village in Eastern Azerbaijan province, northwest of Tehran, Iran November 08, 2019 (credit: TASNIM NEWS AGENCY/WANA (WEST ASIA NEWS AGENCY) VIA REUTERS)A damaged car is seen under the ruins, after an earthquake hit the Varankesh village in Eastern Azerbaijan province, northwest of Tehran, Iran November 08, 2019 (credit: TASNIM NEWS AGENCY/WANA (WEST ASIA NEWS AGENCY) VIA REUTERS)

Saeid Pourzadeh of the Kish island crisis task force said Gulf shipping and flights had not been affected by the quakes.

Previous quakes

State TV said 150 quakes and tremors had struck western Hormozgan over the past month.

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