Massive Quake Strikes Iran’s Kerman Province


Tehran: An earthquake measuring 6.2 in magnitude struck southeast Iran’s Kerman province on Tuesday, state media reported. The epicentre of the quake was reportedly near the town of Hejdak. There are no reports of casualties or damage to infrastructure so far.

On November 12, in one of the deadliest earthquakes, a magnitude 7.3 quake struck the border region between Iraq and Iran. Tremors were felt as far as Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

“The rescue teams present in the region have not reported any casualties or damage yet,” the head of rescue operations for the Red Crescent told state broadcaster IRINN.

Another quake, which Iranian state media reported at 6 and the USGS reported at 5.4, hit western Iran on Monday, in the same region where a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed at least 530 people last month. There have been no reports of deaths or injuries from Monday’s quake.

President Hassan Rouhani has highlighted his government’s efforts in bringing aid and temporary housing to the victims of last month’s quake, though hardline rivals say the government’s response was not quick enough or adequate. Iran is prone to near-daily quakes as it sits on major fault lines.