Three earthquakes kill 5, injure 100 in Iran

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Three earthquakes kill five and injure a hundred in Iran

Electricity was cut off in nearly 30 villages located in the affected areas, according to state television.

Five people were killed and around 100 were injured on Saturday in Iran after several earthquakes having half destroyed a village in the south of the country, not far from the Strait of Hormuz.

These three earthquakes – including two of magnitude 6 and one of magnitude 5.7 – shook the province of Hormozgan, turning half of the village of Sayeh Khosh into rubble.

Five people were killed and 93 were injured, seven of whom remain hospitalized, according to a latest report provided on television by National Emergency Service spokesman Mojataba Khaledi.

< p class="e-p">The first earthquake occurred around 2 a.m. local time at a depth of 10 miles, according to the United States Seismological Institute (USGS), followed by two more two hours later later, at a depth of 10 km.

These earthquakes occurred near the village of Sayeh Khosh, located 100 kilometers southwest of the port of Bandar Abbas, a city of half a million people located on the Strait of Hormuz. /p>

Search and rescue operations are almost over, said the Iranian branch of the Red Crescent humanitarian organization, quoted by television.

We are focusing on receiving earthquake victims, said provincial governor Mehdi Dousti, noting that half of Sayeh Khosh village had been destroyed.

According to television footage, several residential buildings collapsed in Sayeh Khosh and the village was plunged into darkness after a power outage.

You could see family members trying to recover their belongings by digging through the rubble, while a woman screams.

Historic buildings were also affected, including 50 old mills damaged on Qeshm Island, according to a regional heritage official.

In Bandar Abbas, the provincial capital in Hormozgan, people spent the night on the streets after the quake and long queues formed outside gas stations, according to state television.

Electricity was also cut in nearly 30 villages, according to the same source.

One ​​person had already lost his life in November 2021 in this province of Hormozgan after two earthquakes of magnitude 6.4 and 6.3.

Located on the edge of several tectonic plates, Iran is an area of ​​high seismic activity.

In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake partially destroyed the city of Bam (southeast) and killed at least 31,000 people.

En 1990, some 40,000 people had t lost his life after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck northern Iran.

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