Teheran: Five people have died and hundreds others were injured in an earthquake in northern Iran, officials say, following a magnitude 5.1 earthquake that hit northern Iran early on Friday (20:18 GMT on Thursday), according to state media.
The epicenter of the earthquake was about 55 kilometers south of Tehran, near the Town of Damavand. The Mountain is volcanic and is the highest peak in Iran at 5,761 meters (18,900 feet). The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The epicenter was reported below the epicenter, according to the Tehran University Seismological Center. Dimensions and it was seven kilometers deep. It reported a series of aftershocks, with the most powerful measure being 4.0.
The rocks were seen blocking the road to the hilly Damavand area. Officials in Iran are urging people who spend the night outside to monitor social distances to limit the coronavirus, which has killed nearly 6500 people and infected more than 103,000.
During this period, many people left their homes out fear of potential aftershocks and the rest of many peoples to sleep in their car on the sidewalk at night.
“We sat down during the quake. We felt like it was completely shaking the building. Then we all went out together and didn’t have to be in danger if we had an aftershock”, told a 45-years-old person Ahamed Teheran resident. In Teheran resident 37-years-old housewife also told that “We quickly got out with the kids in hand.”
The Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told on Twitter that one person had died during the quake. He urged people to “stay calm” and follow safety guidelines in Teheran. There were several mild aftershocks, but no major damage was reported from the quake that struck after midnight on the border between Tehran, the authority said. Iran’s National Emergency Services told the dead man was a 60-year-old man from Damavand.
The situation is now stable, but we are still on full alert in Tehran, Alborz, Mazandaran, Qom, and Semanan provinces, said Hamid Sajjadi, the organization’s head of rescue operations.
Now Twenty-three peoples were injured in Tehran and Alborz provinces and they were hospitalized, a spokesman for the organization told AFP.
Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, with frequent earthquakes and catastrophic earthquakes.
Quake Dead History
- The deadliest earthquake in Iran in 1990 was a 7.4-magnitude earthquake that killed 40,000 people in northern Iran, injured 300,000 and left half a million homeless.
- In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in southeastern Iran destroyed the ancient mud-brick city of Bam, killing at least 31,000 people.
- A magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook the western Iranian province of Kermanshah in November 2017, killing at least 620 people.
- In December and January, two earthquakes struck near the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran.