Earthquake in Iran on November 26 2018 04:11 AM (UTC).
More than 700 people have been injured in a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck western Iran on Sunday night, state television reports. The epicenter was in Kermanshah province, where last year more than 600 people were killed in the country's deadliest earthquake in over a decade. Tremors were reportedly felt across the wider region, with reports of at least one death in nearby Iraqi Kurdistan. No fatalities were reported in Iran, nor any major damage. The earthquake hit 20km (12 miles) away from the city of Sarpol-e Zahab, at a depth of 10km, at about 20:00 local time on Sunday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. Shallower earthquakes are more likely to cause broader levels of damage. "We have had 729 injured, 700 of them have been treated and released ... some 18 people have been hospitalized," the provincial governor, Houshang Bazvand, told state TV on Monday. An official for Iran's Red Crescent Society, Morteza Salimi, told AFP that most of Sunday's casualties were caused by a stampede sparked by the first tremors. State TV aired footage of damaged houses in Sarpol-e Zahab, where a number of people still remain homeless after last year's destructive earthquake. Dozens of rescue teams, as well as the national army and Iran's Revolutionary Guards, have been deployed, the authorities said. President Hassan Rouhani "has ordered officials to do whatever is necessary to provide help for the victims," state TV reported. According to officials in nearby Iraqi Kurdistan, one person died and 43 others were injured in the quake. Residents in the Iraqi capital Baghdad - about 175km away - and several other Iraqi provinces also felt Sunday's quake. Many people in the affected areas in Iran were forced to spend the night outdoors in cold weather due to concerns about aftershocks.
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck western Iran near its border with Iraq on Sunday night, injuring more than 500 people and sending fearful residents running into the streets, authorities said. The Sunday temblor hit near Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran's Kermanshah province, which was the epicenter of an earthquake last year that killed more than 600 people and where some still remain homeless. Dr. Mahmoud Reza Moradi, the head of Kermanshah's university of medical science, told Iranian state television that 513 people were hurt. Most of the injuries appeared to be minor; the semi-official ISNA news agency reported that only 33 people needed to be hospitalized. Authorities said dozens of rescue teams were immediately deployed after the quake stopped and the country's army and its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard were responding. Officials reported damage at buildings both in town and in rural Kermanshah, as well as to some roadways. The temblor also downed power lines and caused power outages into the night as temperatures hovered around 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit). The quake struck just after 8 p.m. in Iran, meaning most were still awake at the time and able to quickly flee. The 6.3 earthquake had a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Iran state TV gave the depth as 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). Such shallow earthquakes have broader damage. The earthquake was felt as far away as the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, about 175 kilometers (110 miles) southwest.