5.9 magnitude quake rocks Iran

12 December, 2017, 17:24 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • BREAKING: 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes near major city

Iranian state TV says a 6-magnitude quake has jolted a western region near the border with Iraq. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake destroyed the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

The quake's epicentre was at a depth of 10 km, 30.754 degrees north latitude and 57.315 degrees east longitude, reports Xinhua news agency. As per the reports, the rescue team present in the reason have not reported any damage to the property and casualties to the people.

Hardline rivals of President Hassan Rouhani have criticised the government's reponse to last month's quake as too slow and inadequate.


It was felt as far away as Turkey, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. No casualties and damage have reported by the officials yet.

In the epicenter of the quake, which struck at about 12:43 local time, the tremor measured magnitude 7-8 points.

Iran has experienced at least two other major disasters in recent years - one in 2005 that killed more than 600 people and another in 2012 that left some 300 dead.

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