Earthquakes strike southern Iran, at least one dead

Two strong earthquakes struck southern Iran near the port of Bandar Abbas on Sunday, causing residents to flee their homes and killing at least one person, state television reported.

The quakes measured 6.3 and 6.4 magnitudes and shook Hormozgan Province, state television said, and the quakes could be felt across the Gulf of Dubai.

“One person died after a power pole fell on him,” Iranian state television said, citing local officials.

Iran has major geological fault lines and has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years.

In 2017, a magnitude 7 earthquake in western Iran killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000.

The European Seismological Center of the Mediterranean has estimated the magnitude of one of the quakes at 6.5 at a relatively shallow depth of 6 miles.

“The quake was felt in several southern Iranian cities in Hormozgan Province,” an official told state television, adding that rescue teams had been dispatched to the area.

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State television showed residents of Bandar Abbas fleeing their homes in a panic. The state Iranian news agency IRNA said there was no structural damage to houses in the area.

According to some residents, the quakes could also be felt over the Gulf in Dubai.

“It was felt in the north and east of the United Arab Emirates with no effect,” said the UAE National Meteorological Center in a tweet.

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