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At least 5 dead after earthquakes in southern Iran | CNN




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At least five people were killed and 44 others injured in a series of earthquakes in southern Iran on Saturday, according to the country’s semi-official FARS news agency.

Four separate earthquakes were recorded near the southern port city of Bandar-e Lengeh, including one that registered a magnitude of 6.1, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center also recorded a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in southern Iran.

Twelve villages in the surrounding province of Hormozgan were damaged, FARS reported.

Most of the damage was in Sayehkhosh village, where many houses were destroyed, Iranian state media IRNA reported, citing local officials.

Five villages were left without power due to the earthquakes, officials said.

“Currently, 75 operational rescue forces and emergency teams are present in the earthquake-affected areas with the use of 12 operational vehicles,” the Iranian Red Crescent Society said on Twitter.

Tremors could be felt in the United Arab Emirates, according to on-the-ground reports from CNN staff.

Other affected countries include Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar and Afghanistan, according to the USGS.

The area is known for its seismic activity and the USGS included in its update that the “sequence of earthquakes” reported in the last few hours is “relatively common.”

At least one person died after a succession of earthquakes hit southern Iran last November.



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