Iran quake causes heavy ca­su­al­ties and dam­age: state me­dia

An earth­quake near Iran’s bor­der with­Turk­menistan has killed two peo­ple and in­jured hun­dreds, ac­cord­ing to state me­dia. It also caused wide­spread dam­age

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DW—A 5.7 mag­ni­tude earth­quake has struck a re­mote farm­ing area in north­east­ern Iran, caus­ing nu­mer­ous ca­su­al­ties and se­vere dam­age, state me­dia re­ported on Sun­day, cit­ing the coun­try’s seis­mo­log­i­cal cen­tre.

The quake hit at 1800 UTC on Satur­day in and around the city of Bo­jnurd in North Kho­rasan prov­ince, killing a 54-year-old woman and a teenage girl, ac­cord­ing to the ISNA news agency. The re­gion is some 800 kilo­me­tres (498 miles) north­east of the cap­i­tal, Tehran.

ISNA said more than 370 peo­ple were also in­jured and more than a third of houses in the area suf­fered dam­age.

State tele­vi­sion put the death toll higher, at three, but said only some 200 were in­jured. It also said the quake caused a power outage.

Earth­quake-prone

The US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey mea­sured the quake at 5.8 mag­ni­tude, and said it oc­curred at a depth of 12.5 kilo­me­tres (7.8 miles).The epi­cen­ter was just 50 kilo­me­tres from Iran’s bor­der with Turk­menistan in the town of Pishqaleh, which has a pop­u­la­tion of about 2,000 peo­ple.

State news agency IRNA said the re­gion was on an ac­tive fault line that ex­tends fromTurk­menistan’s cap­i­tal,Ash­ga­bat, into the three Ira­nian prov­inces of North, Cen­tral (Razavi), and South Kho­rasan. Iran as a whole is ex­tremely prone to quakes, with nu­mer­ous ma­jor fault lines run­ning through it.

The last ma­jor earth­quake to the coun­try was at the his­toric south­east­ern city of Bam in 2003. At least 31,000 peo­ple were killed in the disas­ter, which flat­tened the city.That earth­quake was mea­sured at 6.6 mag­ni­tude.

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