• Sun / 26 August 2018 / 10:21
  • Category: Social
  • News Code: 97060401417
  • Journalist : 71477

5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes western Iran, 2 killed, more than 200 injured

5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes western Iran, 2 killed, more than 200 injured

Tehran (ISNA) – A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit western Iran's Kermanshah province at 2:43 a.m. local time on Sunday.

Iranian Seismological Center reported that the 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck Iran's Tazeh Abad town in western Kermanshah province early Sunday.

At least two people were killed and 241 were injured following the earthquake.

The epicenter of the earthquake was at a depth of 8 km, 34.631 degrees north latitude and 46.220 degrees east longitude.

The Red Crescent Society of Kermanshah province have dispatched 12 teams of rescue operators to Tazeh Abad town and affected villages.

About 43 aftershocks ranging from 3.2 to 4 in magnitude took place in the region, but no casualties have been reported so far.

People in Tazeh Abad town and the neighbourhood villages rushed to the streets in panic following the quake.

Families camped in parks and long queues were reported at gas stations in the province.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani received the recent reports on the 5.9 magnitude earthquake in the town of Tazehabad, Kermanshah province early Sunday in phone calls with Minister of Interior and Governor General of Kermanshah province, and gave the necessary instructions.

Speaking by telephone with Minister of Interior Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, President Hassan Rouhani received the latest information on the relief process and addressing the issue in the region, and instructed him to mobilize all facilities to help the quake-hit people in the area.

He also had a phone call with Governor General of Kermanshah province Houshang Bazvand and issued the necessary orders to mobilize all organs and institutions to help the people of the area and treat the injured.

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