Magnitude 6.2 Quake Jolts off Western Iran

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An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit the town of Murmuri in Ilam province, Western Iran, on Monday.

The Seismological center of Ilam province affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 07:02 hours local time (0232 hours GMT).

The epicenter of the quake was registered at 47.6 degrees in longitude and 32.7 in latitude.

Head of Iran’s Emergency Center said 80 people have been injured by the quake.

Spokesman of the Rescue Organization of Iranian Red Crescent Society Hossein Derakhshan said, “The teams are evaluating the situation in residential areas in cities and villages.”

He added “telephone connection with the affected districts have been cut off.”

More than 30 aftershocks have also been registered in the same area.

Managing Director of Red Crescent Society of Ilam Province Mohammad Soleimani said another earthquake at 7:00 pm Sunday shook parts of Ilam Province. “Residential units specially in Mourmouri areas, Abandan Town, Ilam Province have been damaged.”

He said four teams have been sent to Mourmouri district, Ilam, to evaluate scale of the earthquake and the level of damages.

The earthquake came at 7:02 am local time in shared borders of Ilam, Khouzestan and Lorestan provinces, western Iran.

The rescue teams from Lorestan, Kermanshah and Khouzestan have been contacted for providing services to the affected areas.

Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth’s crust, and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.

The worst in recent times hit Bam in Kerman province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people – about a quarter of its population – and destroying the city’s ancient mud-built citadel.

The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990 and measured 7.7 on the Richter scale. About 37,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 injured in the northwestern provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. It devastated 27 towns and about 1,870 villages.

In August 2012, two quakes in Northwestern Iran also claimed the lives of 306 people and injured more than 4,500 others.

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