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Earthquake in western Iran: Number of injured people rises to 716, no casualties reported

Tehran: Iranian authorities said Monday that the number of injured in the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in western Iran the previous night has risen to 716. No fatalities were reported from the temblor.

According to Iran's state television, most of the injured were immediately released from hospitals and suffered only slight injuries in the quake on Sunday night. The TV said 37 remained hospitalized.

File image o f the effect of 14 November 2017 earthquake in Iran. AP

File image o f the effect of 14 November 2017 earthquake in Iran. AP

It said more than 160 aftershocks occurred in the region, including two quakes stronger than magnitude 5. Dozens of rescue teams and several rescue dogs were deployed to the region. The TV showed footage of hospitalised people.

Hossein Rahnimi, the head of a local hospital, said many of the injured also suffered panic attacks. The earthquake struck western Iran near its border with Iraq, damaging buildings and sending fearful residents running into the streets.

It hit near the town of 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. That earthquake had a magnitude of 7.3 and also injured more than 9,000 people.

Sunday's temblor also downed power lines and caused brief power outages into the night as temperatures hovered around 8 degrees Celsius. The quake struck just after 8 p.m. in Iran, meaning most were still awake at the time and able to quickly flee.

The region, nestled in the Zagros Mountains, largely rebuilt in recent decades after Iran and Iraq's ruinous 1980s war, saw many buildings collapse or sustain major damage in the 2017 quake.

Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences an earthquake per day on average. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam in southern Iran, killing 26,000 people.


Updated Date: Nov 26, 2018 15:42 PM

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