0321 GMT February 20, 2018
At least 30 people were injured after an earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale jolted Iran’s northern province of Gilan on Tuesday, said the head of the province’s disaster management organization, Peyman Asadi.
Asadi said that the victims are undergoing medical treatment in different hospitals across Gilan Province, which is about 330km northwest of the capital Tehran, IRNA reported.
The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 18:57 hrs. local time, was the town of Langarud, located east of the province.
Elsewhere in the country, a 4.0-magnitude earthquake hit areas near Hajdak village in Kerman Province. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
The tremor occurred after a 6.0-magnitude quake hit the same area on Friday.
The strong earthquake injured at least 42 people and destroyed several homes in the area, where most people live in villages of mud huts.
State TV said many residents rushed out of houses in Kerman and nearby villages and towns, fearing more tremors after some 30 aftershocks following the 6:32 a.m. quake.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, at first reported as magnitude 6.3, was centered 36 miles (58km) northeast of Kerman, with a population of more than 821,000.
The quake was very shallow, at a depth of 6.2 miles (10km), which would have amplified the shaking in the poor, sparsely populated area.
The quake caused heavy damage in Hajdak village and some villages lost power and water. Iran’s Red Crescent Society said emergency shelter, food and water had been sent to the quake-hit area.
Criss-crossed by several major fault lines, Iran is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake in Kerman Province killed 31,000 people, flattening the ancient city of Bam.
Last month, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck villages and towns in Iran’s western Kermansheh Province along the mountainous border with Iraq, killing over 500 and injuring thousands of others.